Events Calendar
Dec 12
18:00 - 19:15
Emmi Itaranta
Creative Writing Reading Series

Emmi grew up in Finland and now resides in Canterbury. She writes fiction in Finnish and English. Her debut novel Memory of Water (HarperVoyager 2014) has won numerous awards, including a James Tiptree Jr. Award honors list mention and the Kalevi Jäntti Prize for young writers in Finland. It was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award, the Compton Crook Award and Premio Salerno Libro d'Europa.

Emmi's second novel, The City of Woven Streets (UK) / The Weaver (US) won the Tampere City Literary Award and the Kuvastaja Award for the best fantasy book in Finland.

Coming from an eclectic writing background, Emmi's former life includes stints as a columnist, theatre critic, dramaturge, scriptwriter and press officer. She wishes to keep writing until the stars go cold. You can find her online at

For those of you who don't know Emmi's work, here's a taster to whet the appetite:

I still dream of the island.

I sometimes approach it across water, but more often through air, like a bird, with a great wind under my wings. The shores rise rain-coloured on the horizon of sleep, and in their quiet circle the buildings: the houses grown along the canals, the workshops of inkmasters, the low-ceilinged taverns. The House of Words looks inward behind its high walls. Threads knotted into mazes run in all directions from the House of Webs, and air gondolas are suspended on their cables, dead weights above the streets.

At the centre of the island stands the Tower, smooth and blind. A sun of stone glows grey light at the pinnacle, spreading its sharp ray-fingers. Fires like fish-scales flicker in the windows. Sea is all around, and the air will carry me no longer.


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