It’s so big, I have to attach it like this, but our Stories from the Island poster is worth a look, just like the show itself. If you’ve ever seen or heard Tanya Batt tell stories you’ll know about her good, kind, energetic, fun, her energy, her addiction to costume and frocks and her craft as a teller and performer. We at Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival couldn’t believe our luck when Tanya said she would return home from a festival in Columbia to tell here in the Wairarapa for the Kokomai Creative Festival.
Due to begin in just 10 days, Kokomai is a new and fresh festival which, many artists and organisations like Glistening Waters, have tackled in innovative ways. The two umbrella events we are featuring look like being winners. TUNA! our cultural and storied journey to Lake Onoke to mihi/greet the longfin eel, (TUNA) as they return from deep in the Pacific Ocean, is almost sold out seventeen days ahead of time! This collaboration with Rangitane o Wairarapa and Ngati Kahangunu ki Wairarapa has been wonderful to participate in and is catching the imagination of people all over the valley and out to the coast.
One committee member who is a poet has written a poem about the eel, another, also a poet is composing a litany of the many names of different type of this endemic eel and yours truly is trying to get her head around a story to tell. Thats if there’s time. Ra Smith, Joe Potangaroa, Frances Reiri-Smith, Mick Ludden and Gareth Winter willl all be on the bus, ,along with Tanya Batt, telling local and exotic stories all the way. There will be more stores after a powhiri at Papawai Marae, eel viewing, and then more stories as we carry onto the Lake. I have loved sitting with these people hearing stories pour out of them like liquid honey from an exquisite jar.
If you don’t have a ticket be one of the lucky six who will get the last.
I want to mention that we would be doing none of this if t wasn’t for our generous sponsors, Masterton Licensing Trust and South Wairarapa Creative Communities Council. Accommodation for Tanya is being provided by Gladstone Vineyard and Shy Cottage, Main Street, Greytown. A huge thank you to all of you. You enable us to extend our own talents and those of others in our communities.
Another important collaboration is our meeting with Sam Ludden and Janine Ogg who are the co- owners of Dirty Fingers Pottery in Masterton, Sam is a longtime eel creator. Our bus will call at Sam’s studio on its return to Masterton.
Stories From The Island, Tanya Batt’s solo performance at Gladstone Vineyard on Thursday 24th October, is also selling steadily. Personally, I love personal stories, and Tanya’s promises to be an intricately woven tale of her present, her past and that of her ancestors and ancestors from here in the Wairarapa. Not a badly devised tale from someone who originally sat down to write an adaptation of East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon is it? But I guess that’s where the old tales from the land of our ancestors can lead us. If this sounds mysterious, it’s meant to. I want you to be intrigued enough to join Tanya, me and others on October 24th at 7.30pm.
Don’t forget tickets are available at dashtickets.co.nz all I-SITES in the Wairarapa and Carterton Events Centre.
SEE YOU THERE!