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.
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.
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 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.