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I Do As the Tune Tells Me - Harcourts HB Arts Festival


Wed 5 Oct 2016, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: The Famous Spiegeltent, Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: racheljty

Innovator and inventionist Bill Manhire’s writing has never behaved; playful on the surface, his stories and poems are often finely phrased acts of rebellion.

The Godfather of inventive writing, Bill is famous for founding the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). Famous for winning the IML’s Adam Prize, wildly creative poet Hera Lindsay Bird will lead Bill in a discussion of his short stories, poetry, life, the universe and everything.

Bill Manhire was the inaugural Te Mata New Zealand Poet Laureate. He grew up in small country pubs in Otago and Southland and was educated at the University of Otago and at University College London, where he tried – and failed – to become an Old Norse scholar. He founded the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, home to New Zealand’s leading creative writing program. Last year he was the UNESCO Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Bill’s most recent book is a collection of short fiction, The Stories of Bill Manhire (VUP, 2015). Recent poetry collections include Lifted, The Victims of Lightning, and a Selected Poems. Bill has also been writing lyrics for the composer Norman Meehan, some of which are collected on the albums Buddhist Rain and Making Baby Float.

Hera Lindsay Bird is a Wellington based writer. She has an MA in poetry from the International Institute of Modern Letters where she won the 2011 Adam Prize for the best folio. Her debut, a self-titled book was published by Victoria University Press this year.

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