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Pukapuka Talks | Once Were Hippies | Nelson Arts Festival

Monday 25th October 2021

Steve Braunias speaks with Miro Bilbrough about her memoir, In The Time of the Manaroans, which he declared on Newsroom the ‘best written book of non-fiction of 2020’.

Miro Bilbrough made two films inspired by her unusual upbringing before penning her extraordinary memoir, In the Time of the Manaroans, which brilliantly captures a largely unwritten history of the Te Tau Ihu’s alternative culture. Isolated in rural poverty, the lives of Miro and her small family – literary father Norman and sister Paulo – are radically enhanced by the Manaroans, charismatic hippies who use their house as a crash pad on journeys to and from a commune in a remote corner of the Marlborough Sounds.

And then Miro heads to Nelson to complete her schooling...

Chaired by Steve Braunias.

Thanks to Victoria University Press



October 25




Nelson & suburbs


The Suter Art Gallery and Theatre
208 Bridge Street, Nelson

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