Selina Tusitala Marsh: Fast Talking PI (2009)

 |   |  <1 min read

Selina Tusitala Marsh: Fast Talking PI (2009)

Every time I have played this track on radio it has had an immediate and favourable response: people want to know who the writer/reader is, and what else has she done.

Marsh has done a lot: she was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English at the University of Auckland and is currently a lecturer/tutor in that department.

She is not only an accomplished poet but has done quite a bit of reading with music (here with Tim Page) and is compiling on an anthology of her work. She is also active in promoting Pasifika poetry and spoken word, and has recorded and made videos of her own readings.

She is of Samoan, Tuvaluan and European descent -- and is a poet with a commanding presence, either in person or recorded. 


For more one-offs, oddities or songs with an interesting backstory see From the Vaults

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Chad Morgan: The Psychiatrist's Joy from Kingaroy (1960?)

Chad Morgan: The Psychiatrist's Joy from Kingaroy (1960?)

As I write this, it is highly likely that the great Australian singer-songwriter Chad Morgan -- aka the Sheik of Scrubby Creek, named after one of his most popular songs -- is probably out on the... > Read more

Janis Joplin: Trouble in Mind (1965)

Janis Joplin: Trouble in Mind (1965)

The great Janis Joplin has been dead for over four decades now but it would be fair to observe that no woman in rock has ever approached her deep understanding of the blues and earthy, powerful... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

GUEST WRITER VIKY GARDEN is seduced by the Impressionism, again

GUEST WRITER VIKY GARDEN is seduced by the Impressionism, again

To be honest, I was very sceptical about the forthcoming documentary The Impressionists (Sky Arts Channel, Thur April 19, 8.30) I mean, the Impressionists – what don’t we already... > Read more

THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2017): The envelopes please . . .

THE VODAFONE PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS (2017): The envelopes please . . .

The finalists for the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards have been announced and the awards – now in their 13th year – include a wide range of new artists and established legends.... > Read more