Mon 16 Jul – Mon 1 Oct 2018, 12.15pm–1.15pm
Cost Free event, every Monday lunchtime
Full programme here
Winter Eyes: Harry Ricketts
July 30, 12.15–1.15pm
Harry Ricketts – a poet, editor, biographer, critic, and academic, is joined by editor and Victoria University Professor of English Jane Stafford to discuss his latest work.
Harry has published over thirty books, including the internationally acclaimed The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (1999), How to Catch a Cricket Match (2006), and Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Poets of the Great War (2010).
His eleventh and most recent collection of poetry is Winter Eyes (2018). Winter Eyes has been described as ‘Poetry as comfort, poetry as confrontation’.
These are elegiac and bittersweet poems of friendship, of love’s stranglehold, of the streets and buildings where history played out.
Poetry Quartet: Therese Lloyd, Tayi Tibble, Chris Tse and Sam Duckor-Jones
August 6, 12.15–1.15pm
Come and hear the new wave of New Zealand poets in a reading and discussion chaired by poet and essayist Chris Price.
These poets write works of boldness with an acute eye on relationships in the modern world. Therese Lloyd’s The Facts, Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou), He’s So MASC by Chris Tse, and People from the Pit Stand Up by Sam Duckor-Jones are diverse and exciting books of poetry.
Each writer engages with language in innovative ways to explore and reimagine love, trust, intimacy, and the politics of being.
Pasture and Flock: Anna Jackson
August 13, 12.15–1.15pm
Pastoral yet gritty, intellectual and witty, sweet but with stings in their tails, the poems and sequences collected in the career-spanning new book Pasture and Flock are essential reading for both long-term and new admirers of Anna Jackson’s slanted approach to lyric poetry.
Jackson made her debut in AUP New Poets 1 before publishing six collections with Auckland University Press, most recently I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (2014). Her collection Thicket (2011) was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2012. As an academic, Jackson has had an equally extensive career authoring and editing works of literary criticism. She is joined by poet and publisher Helen Rickerby for an exploration of her career as poet, essayist and critic.
Best New Zealand Poems 2017
August 20, 12.15–1.15pm
Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on 24 August by coming along to hear seven of the best read work selected for Best New Zealand Poems.
Poets Airini Beautrais, Chris Tse, Marty Smith, Liz Breslin, Greg Kan, Makyla Curtis, and Hannah Mettner are introduced by Best New Zealand Poems 2017 editor Selina Tusitala Marsh.
Visit the Best New Zealand Poems website (link is external) to view the full selection.