Posted on 06/10/2011
In June, Estelle Castro was invited to the Rochefort South Pacific Festival to give a public presentation on Aboriginal Literature, specifically writers whose work have been translated into French, and to lead a public interview with prominent Tahitian writer Chantal Spitz (pictured signing - photograph taken by Christiane Monta). She was also interviewed by France Television/France O on Chantal Spitz’s new novel Elles, terre d’enfance – roman à deux encres and on the course on Pacific Indigenous Literatures she co-taught at Kings College with Dr Ian Henderson this year. Chantal Spitz’s debut novel, Island of Shattered Dreams, was the first novel by an indigenous Tahitian writer. Set as a love story, the novel retraces the history of Tahiti and addresses, among other topics, the French nuclear tests in the Pacific and their tragic social, psychological, and ecological impact. Its publication created great controversy when it came out. Chantal Spitz is also a founding member of Littérama'ohi, a journal dedicated to literary creativity in French Polynesia.
Estelle Castro is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World project, hosted by the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research at Royal Holloway. Her role in the project consists of examining the circulation and reception of indigenous performance in arts festivals and cultural events in France and Britain from the 1980s to the present, with an in-depth focus on Aboriginal performances.