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2 excellent poetry interviews @RNZ: Kim and Harry, Jesse and Jane




Good to see poetry getting attention on Radio NZ. These two interviews, both warm and scintillating, are really worth listening to, especially on a cold rainy Sunday.


Jesse Mulligan and Jane Arthur talk about winning the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2018, writing poetry and founding a literary website for children. Jane blew my socks with her speech and poems at the award event at AWF – I posted both a few days ago.



Kim Hill and Harry Ricketts talk about his new book Winter Eyes – a book I think is his best yet. Harry and I are in the midst of a slowly unfolding email conversation that I will post soon.



Thank you!












Terrific interview on Radio National: Kim Hill with Bill Manhire and some new poems


Bill Manhire: collected riddles

From Saturday Morning, 10:35 am 4th March
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Bill Manhire has two new books out this year – a collection of poetry called Some Things To Place in a Coffin and Tell Me My Name – a collection of riddles along with a CD of songs composed by Norman Meehan, sung by Hannah Griffin.

Bill Manhire founded the International Institute of Modern Letters, which is home to New Zealand’s leading creative writing program. He is now Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing at Victoria. In 1997 he was made New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate, and in 2005 he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and in in the same year was named an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Otago and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He received the Prime Minister’s Award for poetry in 2007. In 2016 Victoria University Press published The Stories of Bill Manhire which collected new and published short fiction.

Just fabulous! Gregory O’Brien on Peter Olds and Geoff Cochrane with Kim Hill

Poetry with Gregory O’Brien: Peter Olds and Geoff Cochrane

Originally aired on Saturday Morning, Saturday 7 March 2015

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O’Brien discusses You Fit the Description: the Poetry of Peter Olds and a new collection by Geoff Cochrane, Wonky Optics.

Listen here

Gregory O’Brien on poetry in 2014 with Kim Hill — looks unmissable with such a tremendous list of books to discuss

11:35 Poetry 2014 with Gregory O’Brien

Gregory O’Brien is a painter, poet, curator and writer, and his exhibition of paintings, Whale Years, is showing at Tauranga Art Gallery to 8 February 2015. He will discuss New Zealand poetry in 2014, with reference to the following books:

Young Country by Karry Hines (AUP, ISBN: 978-1-86940-823-7); The Night We Ate the Baby by Tim Upperton (HauNui Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-28839-6); You Fit the Descripton: the Selected Poems of Peter Olds (Cold Hub Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-29803-6); Sweeping the Courtyard: the Selected Poems of Michael Harlow (Cold Hub Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-27420-7); Si No Te Hubieras Ido / If Only You Hadn’t Gone, by Rogelio Geudea, translated by Roger Hickin (Cold Hub Press, ISBN 978-473-28658-3); Otari by Louise Wrightson (Otari Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-28879-2); Halcyon Ghosts by Sam Sampson (AUP, ISBN: 978-1-869-40816-9); Autobiog of A Marguerite by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle (Hue & Cry Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-28412-1); Tree Space by Maria Macmillan (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-86473-928-5); Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-86473-926-1); Horse with Hat by Marty Smith (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-86473-927-8) Sleeping on Horseback by Frances Samuel (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-864-73972-8); The Art of Excavation by Leilani Tamu (Anahera Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-29004-7); How Does it Hurt? by Stephanie de Montalk (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-864-73969-8 Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager (Craig Potton Press, ISBN: 978-1-927-21336-0).

Gregory O’Brien talks to Kim Hill about Michele Leggot: hearing Michele read was simplybreathtaking

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Gregory O’Brien was in conversation with Kim Hill this morning talking about Michele Leggott’s collection, Heartland (AUP). Michele’s book is a finalist in the Poetry section of The NZ Post Book Awards this year. Kim and Gregory pondered ‘difficulty’ in poetry but mostly  uncovered the way Michele’s book opens its arms to the reader.  Gregory is a poetry storehouse as he leads you this way and that, towards and away from the poems. Hearing Michele read from one or two was magnificent– the musicality evident, the electric connections multiple, the images resonant, the personal glimpses alluring. You can hear the discussion here.