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Chris Tse: Snakes and Masculinity – Giving Voice to the Past


Sun 13 May 2018, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Royal Hotel, 22 Revans Street, Featherston, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: BooktownNZ

Chris Tse was born and raised in Lower Hutt. He studied film and English literature at Victoria University of Wellington, where he also completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.

His poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction have been recorded for radio and widely published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including Best New Zealand Poems, Sport, Turbine, The New Zealand Listener, Fishhead, Landfall, Cha, Poetry NZ, Takahe, JAAM, Snorkel, Rejectamenta, Sweet Mammalian, Glitterwolf, Starch, Cordite Poetry Review, Ika, and Cyphers.

He is one of three poets included in the joint collection AUP New Poets 4 (Auckland University Press, 2011). Chris’ first full-length poetry collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, was published by Auckland University Press in September 2014.

In 2016, Snakes received the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and was a finalist in the poetry category at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Chris is also an official festival blogger for the Visa Wellington on a Plate food festival.

As well as writing, he is also an occasional actor and has appeared in plays at BATS Theatre and the Gryphon Theatre. He tweets as @chrisjtse.

A compelling speaker and performer, Chris will read poems from How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes and his latest book, He’s So MASC – described by a reviewer as “...a real jewel box of sparkling verse.”

Entry: Koha

This is an event involved in the Featherston Booktown Festival on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May celebrating everything to do with books, writers and reading.

The three-day programme includes writing workshops; poetry readings; talks by leading authors and illustrators; and a book fair including stalls with rare and second hand books. There are also events specifically for children while this year’s festival has a special emphasis on poetry and young adult fiction.

Take a look at our website for the full programme of events.