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When:

Thu 23 Oct 2014, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: CommunityOutreach

Join us as we celebrate the 100th birthday of the poet Dylan Thomas, one of the world's greatest literary talents.

As much as for his poetic genius, Thomas was known for his flamboyant public readings, boisterous public life and heavy drinking.

Join us as we celebrate his short but brilliant life with a short presentation by Nicholas Reid and readings by special guests Peter Bland, Karen Craig, Jen Jones, Alice Miller, Robert Sullivan, and Peter Simpson.
Come along at 5.30pm for light refreshments and a toast to Dylan Thomas.

To reserve your place, please email ana.worner@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone (09) 307 7764.

Venue: Central City Library, Whare Wananga, Level 2

Speaker bios
Nicholas Reid is a critic, reviewer, poet, historian, and academic. He features regularly in the New Zealand Listener, Metro, Landfall, New Zealand Books and the Sunday Star-Times. He blogs at Reid's Reader.

Peter Bland is a British-New Zealand poet and actor. He was closely associated with the Wellington Group which included James K. Baxter and Louis Johnson, and won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2011. His acting career includes roles in television, film (an acclaimed comic turn in Came a hot Friday), and stage (including Under Milk Wood).

Karen Craig has been promoting fiction and literature at Auckland Libraries for many years, and will be a familiar face - and voice - to Aucklanders who have attended author talks and readings at Central City Library.

Jen Jones is from Wales, and works as a Drama teacher at Marrzipan Drama in Auckland.

Alice Miller is a poet. She has an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her collection The limits was published this year by Shearsman and Auckland University Press.

Robert Sullivan has written nine books of poetry, including the epic poem Star Waka, the graphic novel Maui: legends of the outcast, illustrated by Chris Slane, and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year, Weaving earth and sky, illustrated by Gavin Bishop. He is also the author of the poem 'Kawe Reo / Voices Carry' which is inscribed on the steps of the Central City Library. He is the head of MIT’s School of Creative Writing.

Peter Simpson's contribution to literature is vast. He has written, and edited, a wide range of books, anthologies, journals and other works. He has worked as the curator and managing editor of Holloway Press and has contributed to several literary dictionaries. He was Head of English at the University of Auckland until 2008. Simpson was awarded the 2012 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship.