Nic Low

Nic Low is a writer, editor, arts organiser, te reo student, and dad with whakapapa links to Ōraka-Aparima in Southland. His writing on wilderness, technology, and race has been widely published and anthologised. His first book Arms Race, a collection of speculative fictions was shortlisted for the Readings and Steele Rudd prizes and named New Zealand Listener and Australian Book Review book of the year. He is a contributing editor at New Zealand Geographic magazine with a focus on Māori perspectives and former Programme Director of the WORD Christchurch Festival. 

2024 festival sessions

Uprising, Walking the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Nic Low in conversation with Dr Peter Meihana

12.30pm-1.30pm, Sat 27 July, ASB Theatre Marlborough, $25

Armed with Ngāi Tahu’s traditional oral maps and modern satellite atlas, Nic crossed the Southern Alps more than a dozen times, trying to understand how his Ngāi Tahu forebears saw the land. He discusses his book with Dr Peter Meihana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāi Tahu). Part gripping adventure story and part meditation on history and place, Uprising recounts Nic’s alpine expeditions to unlock stories living in the land. 

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