Poetry Shelf Audio Spot: Nina Powles reads ‘Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 2016’

    Photo credit: Sophie Davidson     ‘Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 2016’ was originally published in Starling 5.   Nina Powles is from Wellington and currently lives in London. She is the author of Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017) and is poetry editor at The Shanghai Literary Review. Her poetry pamphlet Field Notes on a Downpour […]

Nina Powles makes shortlist for inaugural Women Poets’ Prize

  The Rebecca Swift Foundation is deeply excited to share the shortlist for the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize.  See here Shortlist includes Nina: Nina Mingya Powles Nina Mingya Powles is a writer from New Zealand living in London. She is the author of Luminescent (2017) and Girls of the Drift (2014), and her poetry pamphlet Field Notes on […]

At Pantograph Punch: A fabulous Nina Powles letter from Shanghai

            Nina Powles – the author of one my favourite 2017 poetry reads (Luminescent) –  writes of her experience living in Shanghai and two New Zealand authors who preceded her: Agnes Moncrieff and Robin Hyde. I also recommend Nina’s little chapbook, Girls of the Drift, that invents a letter conversation between Jessie […]

Better off Read: Pip Adam talks with Nina Powles

      Episode 51: Pip Adam talks to Nina Powles about her new work LUMINESCENT Listen here. ‘In this episode I spoke with one of my favourite Wellington poets Nina Powles. I first spent time with Nina around Helen Rickerby’s table where a group of us were hand-binding copies of her first collection Girls […]

Poetry Shelf reviews Nina Powles’s Luminescent – Every poem is a jewel of a thing

  Luminescent, Nina Powles, Seraph Press, 2017   Nina Powles’s debut poetry collection, Luminescent, is a set of five slender chapbooks in a night-sky sleeve. Each book is like a constellation, with a particular woman, its luminosity. (Auto)biography of Ghost catches a ghost who was said to haunted Queen Margaret College’s bell tower where she […]

Poetry Shelf Autumn Season: Poets pick a word – Nina Powles picks salt

On Salt & Kitchen Poems I got back into writing poetry by writing about food. I hadn’t written anything in months so I decided to start keeping a food diary of everything I love to eat in Shanghai, where I currently live. Eventually the diary became a blog. I don’t do it for any of […]

Nina Powles on hunger, food and poetry with @LyndaChanwaiEar on National Radio

  “You must be hungry girls,” he said. We were in Shanghai, 14 or 15, eating dumplings. We absolutely were hungry girls, I don’t just mean food. We were hungry for everything, in every sense of the word.”  – Nina Powles. “Love is a bowl of noodles. Eating noodles reminds me of being at home, […]

Congratulations to Nina Powles, winner of Biggs Poetry Prize

Poetry Shelf is delighted to share this news! Biggs Poetry Prize winner announced 18 December 2015 Collection of poetic biographies wins the Biggs Family Prize   A collection of five poetic biographies of famous and lesser-known historical New Zealand women has been awarded the 2015 Biggs Family Prize for Poetry. Written by Nina Powles as […]