She Claims: Art Matters – Courtney Sina Meredith and Sarah Longbottom


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She Claims: Art Matters is a fresh series of events where you’ll rub elbows with creatives and critics while celebrating the ideas, voices and power of creative women today. Edition two is a conversation between poet and performer Courtney Sina Meredith and Sarah Longbottom.


About the speakers

Courtney Sina Meredith is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. She has held various international writing residencies including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa. Her short story collection Tail of the Taniwha (2016) was launched to critical acclaim, following a book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (2013, both Beatnik Publishing), and an award-winning play, Rushing Dolls (Playmarket, 2010). Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia. Meredith describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’.

‘Courtney Sina Meredith’s poetry sparkles with an eloquence and creativity that is both impressive and unique.’ – BBC

'Her words hustle and sing and scrap; her delivery is electrifying'. – Metro

'Courtney Sina Meredith is driven, ambitious, articulate and on a mission'. – E-Tangata


Sarah Longbottom is Founder and Executive Director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa, a South Auckland based youth development organisation that uses creativity and a whānau-centered approach to engage and support young people struggling to find their path. Sarah has been recognised for her leadership in education and the creative sector, most recently being named the Auckland Regional Trust 2016 Emerging Creative Entrepreneur of the Year, and the New Zealand International Woman of Courage Award by the US Embassy. Sarah became co-host of Creative Mornings AKL in 2018 and serves on the board of Auckland’s Basement Theatre.


Run of events

5.30pm   Doors open – refreshments

6–7pm    Conversation and questions

7.30pm   Doors close

* Ticket price include a drink and canapés.


Members $25 per event, or $65 for a series of three.
Non-Members $75 per event, or $115 for a series of three (includes an annual Membership).

Members $25, General Admission $75
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