Poetry competition

DSC05979.JPGIF you’ve had enough of weeding, watering or wilting why not look for a shady spot, settle yourself down and start work on a poem or two for our 2016 poetry competition. Full details here

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Happy Holidays

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Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ)

 

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Delicious

Why not head over to our Lilliputlibraries.wordpress.com blog and check out our delicious and delightful ‘have a look, take a book’ neighbourhood libraries.

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Collage of eight

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Twenty nine

Twenty nine editions of Poems in the Waiting Room look like this.

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Roll on autumn when we reach thirty!

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Welcome to Summer

A patch of summer in my garden

A patch of summer in my garden

The ten poets in this 29th edition hail from New Zealand,  the UK and the USA. Without the support of poets from all over the world and the financial contributions from our sponsors we wouldn’t have reached this grand number. Sincere thanks to you all.

I’ll hope you’ll enjoy reading and rereading the poems in this summer card.

Introducing our summer poets

Richard Aronowitz

Richard Aronowitz

Richard Aronowitz was born in 1970 to an English father and a German-Jewish mother and grew up in rural Gloucestershire. He studied Modern Languages at Durham and Heidelberg universities and Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. Formerly the Director and Senior Curator of the Ben Uri Gallery, the London Jewish Museum of Art, he now heads the Restitution Department at Sotheby’s.

Richard began his writing career as a poet, publishing poems in the Independent, the Guardian and many small-press magazines.He was a runner-up in the poetry section of the Bridport Prize in 1999 and had a selection of ten poems included in the anthology Anvil New Poets 3 from Anvil Press in 2001.

His first novel, Five Amber Beads, was published by Flambard Press in 2006. His second, It’s Just the Beating of My Heart, came out in March 2010 while he has recently completed the final draft of his new novel, An American Decade.

  

Frances Barnett

Frances Barnett

Frances Barnett lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. She enjoys writing poetry for school and herself and was published in the 2014 edition of REDRAFT, an annual secondary schools publication. Having finished high school this year, she will go on to further her education at the University of Otago in 2016.

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Pauline Cartwright

 Pauline Cartwright – When I was 9 I dreamed of becoming a writer. For many years now I have made my living that way. Sometimes I have written for adults, sometimes for myself. Mostly I have written for children, everything from poems to picture books, from 8-page readers to full-length novels. Support has come from an early NZ Literature Grant, the Richards Literary Agency, from other writers, my family, and readers.

I would find it distressing not to be able to write and even more so not to be able to read. Because of books I know the truth of Margaret Mahy’s words: “Imagination transforms the world, it is a force for alteration and enlightenment.

Diana Goetsch

Diana Goetsch

Diana Goetsch  is the author of Nameless Boy, The Job of Being Everybody and several other volumes of poems. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize and numerous other journals and anthologies. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Donald Murray Prize.

Diana is an experienced and innovative writing teacher who has taught at colleges, conferences and MFA programs, in addition to teaching privately—one-on-one, and group workshops in her New York City apartment. She is also the editor of Jane Street Press, a unique, zero-profit poetry press she founded in 2001.

Peter Olds

Peter Olds, on the left, beside the ‘Holes in a Sandstone Wall’

Peter Olds is a Dunedin poet. He has travelled widely in New Zealand, worked various odd jobs, and, as a young man, spent time with James K Baxter at Jerusalem on the Wanganui River. In 1978 he was the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago.  Cold Hub Press recently issued his Selected Poems: YOU FIT THE DESCRIPTION, (with an introduction by Ian Wedde).

 

Vincent OSullivan

Vincent O’Sullivan

Vincent O’Sullivan is a poet, fiction writer, and editor. He has also written plays and criticism. O’Sullivan has received numerous distinguished awards, residencies and fellowships, and his writing has been widely published nationally and internationally. Collections of his short fiction followed a number of collections of verse, and O’Sullivan has written for radio, television, and the stage. In 2006, he was awarded the Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement. He was named Poet Laureate in 2013.

 

Elizabeth Pulford

Liz Pulford

Elizabeth Pulford has published stories, poems, and articles for adults and children. Nearing to sixty books for children, from early readers through to Young Adults; and one adult’s novel. Many of her adult short stories won competitions, while three of her children’s books, The Memory Tree, (Scholastic); Call of the Cruins, (Scholastic); and Tussock (Walker Books) reached the finals of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

Hilda Sheehan

Hilda Sheehan

Hilda Sheehan is a writer and arts events organiser based in Swindon. She was born in 1967 in High Wycombe and grew up in Leyland, Lancashire. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University. She has been a psychiatric nurse and Montessori teacher and is now co-editor Domestic Cherry magazine with Louise Crossley. Hilda works for Swindon Artswords (Literature Development), The Richard Jefferies Museum and the Swindon Festival of Poetry. Her poetry has been published inThe Rialto, Poetry Salzburg Review,  Tears in the Fence,The Interpreter’s House, ArtemisPoetry, The New Writer, South, BBC website, Commonhead, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Kim Moore’s Sunday Poem, Josephine Corcoran’s And Other Poems, Ariadne’s Thread, Incandescent, Fake Poems, Nutshells and Nuggets and Shearsman.

Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Minnesota. She earned a PhD in Renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota, and has taught British literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Her collections include Straight Out of View (1995) Coming Back to the Body (2000), Naming the Stars (2004),  and First Words (2010).She has received a McKnight Artist Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and was named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate in 2011.

Richard von Sturmer

Richard von Sturmer

 Richard von Sturmer is a writer and lives in Auckland. With his wife, Amala Wrightson, he runs the Auckland Zen Centre, a Buddhist community.

 

 

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Arriving next week

Summer 15Our summer 2015 poetry card will be posted next week and landing in medical waiting rooms, hospices, rest homes and prisons. Check back here next week for bios of all our summer poets.

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Kisses in Store

DSC05637October 31 and it’s our national Bookshop Day. We headed down to the UBS and wandered around enjoying the atmosphere, a bustling shop, children listening to stories, people conversing, authors talking to families and the staff dishing out chocolate kissses for customers to give the authors.

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Robyn Belton at the authors’ table.

We came away with Brian Turner’s latest book, Boundaries – people and places of Central Otago,  David Mitchell’s Slade House and Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. The wind has been wild up our way today so after a brief stint in the garden I surrendered and came indoors to read.

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The UBS staff were all dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. I overheard a small girl saying to a staff member, I love your hat, and watched another young lad as he dragged his mother to look at a book, just imagine if THAT was $5.00, he said, imagine! I moved away but I hope he found a book to spend his $5.00 on.

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The Cheshire cat was busy on the phone so I only managed to catch a side on photo but the Mad Hatter stopped for a minute and gave me a grin.

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Thanks UBS for all the work you went to, to make it a very special Bookshop Day for Dunedin readers.

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