SSBD Board

Join the Samesame But Different team

samesame but different is seeking LGBTQIA+ creatives and community members with a love of books and queer writing (embracing all genres, mediums and platforms) to join the ssbd Board and contribute to the ongoing creative and administrative development of the festival and its place in our diverse community.

We are looking for applicants with a love of books and queer writing (embracing all genres, mediums and platforms), who are excited to contribute to the ongoing creative and administrative development of samesame but different and its place in our diverse community.

In particular, we are seeking people with any or all of the following:

• experience on a board or in the literary sector

• practical skills in event management

• curation

• grant application writing.

You do not have to be Auckland based, but we do expect board members to make 1-2 in-person meetings a year and be available to attend the Auckland ssbd festival in February.

If you would like to be part of the Board and help shape the festival, please email us at [email protected] for more information, or to throw your hat into the ring.

To be considered, please include your thoughts on how you would like to contribute / an expression of interest with the name of a referee.

We will be accepting EOIs until midnight on 12 April.

BOARD Members

Simie Simpson

​Simie Simpson (Te Ati Awa) is interested in spaces that allow people and books to connect. She believes in the transformative power of books and the importance of seeing yourself reflected in the books you read. (more…)

Michael Giacon

Board Member
Michael Giacon is a poet, songwriter and performer. Born and raised in Auckland, he is from a large Pākehā-Italian family.

Nathan Joe

Board Member
Nathan Joe is an award-winning theatre-maker and performance poet based between Tāmaki Makaurau and Ōtautahi. Recent work includes curating BIPOC spoken word event DIRTY PASSPORTS at Basement Theatre, (more…)

Hiraani Himona

Board Member
Hiraani Himona (Ngāi Te Whatuiāpiti, Ngāti Rangiwhakāewa, Ngāti Hikarara) has been Executive Director of Te Tuhi since 2015 and was previously Deputy Director of the South London Gallery. (more…)

Rhion Munro

Board Member
Rhi (he/they) is a lover of all things literary. He works with young people in the harm reduction space and is passionate about systems change, participatory community design, and a health based approach to drug and alcohol reform. (more…)

Izzy Robinson

Board Member
Izzy Robinson is a producer and theatre creator specialising in non-traditional and site specific works, as well as an on-again-off-again playwright. They grew up in Auckland then moved to Montreal to attend University, then onto Washington DC to complete a Scenic Carpentry Apprenticeship. (more…)

Sam Orchard

Board Member
Sam Orchard is a a comic artist, community practitioner, and illustrator who works on projects that celebrate difference. He has been drawing his auto bio web comic ‘Rooster Tails’ for over 10 years. (more…)