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A Panel Discussion

Rage on the Page

Saturday Feburary 17, 2024 • 12 - 1pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place


A panel discussion chaired by acclaimed playwright Victor Rodger.

Victor is joined by Saraid de Silva, Samuel Te Kani and Zephyr Zhang 张挚. Together they’ll explore the topic of RAGE: how do our writers experience it, and how do they channel it into refined, creative and impactful writing.

Rage on the Page will be supported by a live NZSL interpreter.

Free to attend, no reservation required.

This event is part of the 2024 Auckland Pride Festival. Find out more here.

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Victor Rodger

He / Him

Victor is an acclaimed playwright of Samoan and Scottish descent. His work deals with sexuality, race and identity and has been praised for its boldness, candour and freshness. Since his first award-winning play, Sons, was produced in 1995, he has written eight plays, including Black Faggot, My Name is Gary Newmanand Club Paradiso. A collection of his work was published by VUP in 2017.

Saraid de Silva

Photo by Synthia Bahati

She / Her

Saraid de Silva is a Sri Lankan/Pākehā writer living in Tāmaki. Her debut novel AMMA comes out in Aotearoa and Australia in March, and in the UK in April. She has released three seasons of the documentary series Conversations With My Immigrant Parents for Radio New Zealand with co-creator Julie Zhu, and works as a storyliner for Shortland Street.

Zephyr Zhang 张挚

Photo by Ankita Singh

They / Ze

Zephyr Zhang 张挚 is a writer and performer whose work explores migrant and queer experiences. They have performed in the Auckland Theatre Company iteration of Scenes from a Yellow Peril, I Am Rachel Chu and OTHER [chinese]. Zephyr's writing has featured in Starling, Sweet Mammalian, Mayhem, Oscen, Rapture: An Anthology of Performance Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand, and a range of independent zines.

Samuel Te Kani

Photo by Franca Chase

He / Him


Samuel Te Kani is a writer based in Tamaki. He's written for The Spinoff, Vice, Pantograph Punch, Stuff, Art NZ, and various gallery publications. He's also released a collection of short fiction called Please, Call Me Jesus with Dead Bird Publishing, and recently finished a Netflix director's intensive mentored by Dame Jane Campion.

Ellen Melville Centre

2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1000


Ellen Melville Centre is in Freyberg Square, opposite the rainbow staircase in central Auckland. This event will be held on the first floor of the venue, in the Pioneer Women's Hall. The hall is wheelchair friendly, via an elevator, and has an accessible toilet.

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