Poets on Tour: Airini Beautrais and Maria McMillan take to the road, July 2017

Airini Beautrais and Maria McMillan have written up their poetry road trip. I am so hoping this becomes a thing – two poet friends on tour with new books.            both Victoria University Press, 2017 We’ve known each other since the early 2000s, and both of us have been writing poetry for […]

Flow: Whanganui River Poems – Paula Green in conversation with Airini Beautrais

Flow: Whanganui River Poems, Airini Beautrais, Victoria University Press, 2017   Airini grew up in Auckland and Whanganui, studied both ecological science and creative writing at Victoria University and has worked as a science teacher. Her debut collection, Secret Heart, won Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2007. […]

Flow: Whanganui River Poems – Airini Beautrais’s poetry launch

Nau mai, haere mai. Come and help celebrate the launch of Airini Beautrais’s new collection, Flow: Whanganui River Poems. Featuring stories from the catchment, river and town. Shipwrecks, floods, soldier-settlers, surveyors, missionaries, protests, poets, petrolheads, deviants, sly-groggers, environmentalists, heroes, anti-heroes and complicated characters. With readings by Airini, Maria McMillan, and special guests. All welcome. Drinks […]

Poets on Tour: Airini Beautrais and Maria McMillan

As Rick Stein would say, we need more of this! Such a very good idea.   From Maria and Airini: ‘(Our portraits are by the wondrous Sarah Laing) Airini and Maria are going on tour in July! Like rock stars only way cooler. Napier 15th, Thames 16th, Auckland tbc, Wellington 28th, Palmerston North 29th and […]

Poetry Shelf The Summer Season: Poets pick poems – Airini Beautrais picks Gregory O’Brien

  The clod of earth speaks   2004   I have come to Waitangi, Said the leader of the opposition. But I have always been here, Said a clod of earth scooped from the ground.   We are for the leader of the opposition, Sang the enclave of suits. So am I, Intoned the clod, […]

Congratulations: Airini Beautrais wins Landfall Essay Competition 2016

  Airini Beautrais has been named the winner of the 2016 Landfall Essay Competition for her essay ‘Umlaut’. Competition judge David Eggleton said that her essay stood out as ‘written by someone unwilling to be boring, willing to take risks, and enough of a seasoned practitioner to carry it off with sustained verve’: ‘Umlaut’ is […]

Poetry Shelf, Poet’s Choice: Airini Beautrais makes some picks

      Once again it’s been a thesis-related year of reading. I’m looking forward to catching up on all the great local poetry which has been coming out over the past year. Books I have enjoyed which came out towards the end of last year or early this year include Anna Jackson‘s I, Clodia, Fleur […]

Poem Friday: Airini Beautrais’s ‘The thing is, Neil, you are all of us’ –It is a poem that haunts me, and in that haunting, I keep returning to the lines to reflect upon ‘why.’

    The thing is, Neil, you are all of us   You are the old rocker in skinny jeans who is mumbling in the corner you are the punk who fixes bicycles at two o’clock in the morning.   You are the comic book girl in combat boots whose breasts are drawn too large […]

Airini Beautrais’s Dear Neil Roberts: Connections and disconnections forge poetic static that makes that lamp crackle, that bald wire hiss

      Airini Beautrais’s debut poetry collection, Sacred Heart was a little beauty and won Best First Poetry Book at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2007. This was followed by the superb, Western Line. Her latest collection, Dear Neil Roberts, explores an inclination to prose-like poetry in a new way. You could […]