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On the Wild Side - Harcourts Hawkes Bay Arts Festival


Thu 6 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

The most famous poet in New Zealand shares the stage with three debut poets.

Bill Manhire is internationally acclaimed as an experimental, innovative and playful poet; Hera Lindsay Bird is one of the most startling and exciting new talents on the block; Gregory Kan uses the poetry app he invented to experiment with language, and Marty Smith uses natural speech patterns to examine smokers, swearers, and fighters.

All four sail close to the wind at times. They choose some wild things to read from their work.

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.

Gregory Kan is a writer based in Auckland. His work has been featured in literary journals and magazines such as brief, Hue & Cry, Listener, Minarets, otoliths, Percutio, Sport and Turbine. His writing has also featured in various contemporary art exhibitions, journals, and catalogues, for institutions such as the Adam Art Gallery, Artspace, RM, Te Tuhi and The Physics Room. His first book, This Paper Boat, was published by Auckland University Press in 2016. An earlier incarnation of This Paper Boat was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Prize in 2013.

Marty Smith grew up in a remote hill country in North Wairarapa between Pahiatua and the sea, and she likes to look at the lives of people who do tough work. Her debut poetry collection Horse with a hat looks at the fallout from the work soldiers had to do in the war, often expressed through tense family relationships; it also talks about the long relationship between horses and men.

She is carrying out research for her next book at the Hawkes Bay racecourse while teaching part-time at Taradale High School. Horse with Hat won the Jesse Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 and made history for also being a finalist in the poetry category of the same awards.

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