October news

I know Lilliput Libraries has its very own blogsite but we’re so excited about the installation of our first Lilliput we’ve tumbled over here into the PitWR blog.


Dunedin’s first Lilliput Library at 21 Hunt Street

AND we have a new addition to our team.

Click the Behind the Scenes tab to read about Sheryl.


Sheryl, our latest PitWR trustee, is an artist. Here she is with her Lilliput masterpiece!

Our hedge wasn’t suitable for the installation for a Lilliput Library so our neighbours, Murray and Jan, offered to host it. Murray not only secured it to his fence but also created two steps so people won’t get wet or muddy feet while choosing a  book.  Sheryl lives a couple of doors up from Murray. This Hunt Street Lilliput has been a real community effort.


Murray preparing the steps before the arrival of his Lilliput Library.

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The Spring card has inspired another poem!


This Spring card has certainly been a hit! I’m in awe and totally chuffed by the responses.

Today I received a poem in the mail from the residents at Seaview Home in Picton.  It has absolutely delighted me. I’m going to forward a copy of the poem to the four poets who have been mentioned. Read and enjoy!

Thank you dear Graham, Kathleen, Ursula, Bill
for your poems, we’re glad you’re producing them still.
What  rhythm! what rhyming! what superb sense of timing
to send them on National Poetry Day!
And Daffodil Day for the Cancer Society.
What day could be found of more fitting propriety?
Yellow bird – gift of love, or grey for a  dove
A hundred and more names and objects of  love
By the plight of your cat, all our hearts have been smitten –
outclassed by the neighbour, poor undervalued kitten!
Your poems have cheered us, our wars are abating
As long as we sit in the waiting-room  waiting
we cannot do better, we could do  much worse
to express admiration than to thank you in verse.

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A poetic response to the Spring poetry card

A revelation this morning :

Monday morning
Rushing, discussing
Hair and toothbrushing
Lunch making, breathtaking
Locating  the keys
Relieving but reeling
Just before leaving
I get the feeling
There are words
I’ve been meaning to read

Your words
Still waiting, left on the shelf
A moment or two
For the sake of my health
A tale of a goldfish
A lovelorn cat
I laughed myself silly
Even though it was sad

Now I’ve remembered the power of words
Beautiful, clever , funny, absurd
Stopped me
At the door
Calmed me and charmed me
I can’t wait to see more

Stephen Trinder

I’ve had a number of positive comments from readers about the latest Spring poetry card but this is the first time I’ve received a poetic response! Thank you Stephen T.

When I checked with Stephen to see if I could reprint his poem he replied, of course I’d be honoured, …. in between leaving the house and getting to work this morning I had to stop quite a few times to scribble ideas down (the police might have otherwise stopped me for driving and rhyming). I have a pile of different Poems in the Waiting Room at work so I was also able to spread the message when a co-worker asked me how I was feeling. Many thanks to you and the project in general. Maybe as well as in the waiting room, poetry should be prescribed in the surgeries too.

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Paekakariki Arts Walk

Dave from Paekakariki sent me these wonderful photos of the Blessing and Opening of the Paekakariki Arts Walk. Congratulations to everyone involved – it’s a fantastic achievement.

Paekakariki - Cutting the ribbon

Cutting the ribbon

Paekakariki - Kaumatua Aki Tiaki blessing 1st poem by Emily Boonen

Kaumatua Aki Tiaki blessing 1st poem by Emily Boonen


Kaumatua blessing John Daube’s poem on the signal box

Poet Apirana Taylor reading his poem

Poet Apirana Taylor reading his poem

Poet Michael O'Leary reading his poem

Poet Michael O’Leary reading his poem

Poet Rob Hack reading his poem

Poet Rob Hack reading his poem

Our cards in the Station waiting room

Our cards in the Station waiting room

Paekakariki Youth Drama group with their Short History play

Paekakariki Youth Drama group with their Short History play

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Spring is on the way


Throwing some light on the Spring card!

The Spring cards set off from our house today and hopefully you’ll find some in a waiting room or rest home near you very soon.

I collect poems over a long period of time so when I requested permission from a publisher for the loan of their poet’s cat poem for the spring edition I’d forgotten I’d made the same request to another poet a couple of months before! So two cat poems in the same edition this time folks.

Introducing our Spring 2015 poets

Kathleen Aguero

Kathleen Aguero is a winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Elgin-Cox Foundation. She teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. In addition to After That (Tiger Bark Press), Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of(Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine.

Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.

Anne Curran

Anne Curran lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. The diverse fabric of Hamilton provides abundant stimulus for writing poetry. She has been practising Japanese verse forms mostly haiku and tanka for about four years now. She has some personal favourites, verses that really form a special moment in time and place. She is looking forward to learning more about writing short verse forms as time allows.

Graham Denton.

Graham Denton is a writer and anthologist of poetry for children, based in East Yorkshire, England. His poems feature in numerous publications both in the UK and abroad, from Read Me and Laugh (Macmillan) and Let’s Recycle Grandad (A & C Black) to Dinosaur Poems (Scholastic) and Michael Rosen’s A to Z (Puffin). As an anthologist, Graham’s compilations include Orange Silver Sausage: A Collection of Poems Without Rhymes (Walker Books), My Cat is in Love with The Goldfish (A & C Black) and When Granny Won Olympic Gold (A & C Black). In 2013, with James Carter, he co-wrote Grrr!: Dinos, Dragons and Other Beastie Poems (Macmillan). Most recently, Graham celebrated the release of the first full collection of his own funny verses, My Rhino Plays The Xylophone, published by A & C Black, of which Kenn Nesbitt, the United States Children’s Poet Laureate, said: “I haven’t had this much fun with a poetry collection since… well, maybe ever!” Graham has also twice been short listed for the UK’s CLPE Poetry Award.

Ursula Le Guin photo by Eileen Gunn

Ursula Le Guin photo by Eileen Gunn

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2013, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many honours and awards including Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud.

Annie Lighthart1

Annie Lighthart started writing after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she earned an MFA in Poetry and published her poetry collection, Iron String.  Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals as part of their Poems for Patience project.  Annie loves being a traveling teacher and has taught writing workshops at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and with many community groups, working with writers from ages 6 to 89.  She lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.

Bill Sewell

Bill Sewell was born in Athens and spent much of his early life in Southern Europe. He finished his education in New Zealand, studying German at the University of Auckland and later obtaining a law degree. Bill was Burns Fellow at Otago University in 1981 and 1982.

Bill Siddells

Bill Siddells – “Raised in Dunedin, gaining post-graduate Library and Business qualifications, and working in Information/Library Operations/Management, Project Management, General Management and Animal Care in Dunedin, London and Wellington 1970’s-2010’s, Bill relocated to Alexandra, Central Otago two years ago.

An animal lover, keen amateur photographer,and frequent hill walker, he has been an ‘occasional poet’ over the last decade when matters of the heart and/or nature/land/light come together in ways which simultaneously move him both emotionally and in language.

Usually he writes a first draft ‘in the field’ as the mood and words present themselves in his mind, for he knows how elusive and passing both can be! He finds such immediate drafting (as with capturing a photographic image) is a sure sign of great in-the-moment happiness, when nothing else matters; when there’s an eye-to-heart connection that bypasses the intellect and ego (to paraphrase G K Chesterton)”

Andre Surridge

André Surridge is a poet and playwright who lives in Hamilton. His work has been published and/or performed in Britain, the US, Canada, Croatia, Australia and NZ. His writing awards include the Shell Playwrights Award NZ 1984 and the Janice M. Bostok International Haiku Award 2012.

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Fracking & Hawk

Pat White is the judge  for the Poems in the Waiting Room 2016 poetry competition.

His latest book is Fracking & Hawk.

 Fracking & Hawk

Fracking & Hawk is published by Frontiers Press, and will be launched on 28th August, National Poetry Day, at Mackenzie College and Community Library, Fairlie,  at 5.30 pm.

The publication of Fracking & Hawk is intended to help a specific cause. After discussions with the principal of Mackenzie College, Reece Goldsmith, a Creative Writing prize has been set up at the College. Pat and Catherine have provided a trophy, and guaranteed the prize money for the next five years. Offering an incentive to young people to express themselves in writing appealed to Pat and Catherine as a way they could make a contribution to the community. The sale of Fracking & Hawk will assist them with funding the award, and you can help by buying the book.

These poems, writes John Horrocks, ‘draw on a lifetime of immersion in the natural world and its rhythms’, and follow on from Planting the Olives (Frontiers, 2004). In Fracking & Hawk, the poet has added a strong sense of disquiet to his well-known observation of rural life and nature.

This ‘deep engagement’ is described by Sue Wootton as being, ‘beautifully crafted, intelligent, and full of heart’.

To order Pat’s book either email Pat at patvwhite@gmail.com for bank details or send a cheque to Frontiers Press, c/- 17 Princes Street, Fairlie 7925, New Zealand with your name and address.

Fracking & Hawk is $25.00

Planting the Olives is $20.00

Postage is included within NZ for orders prior to 28th August 2015

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Branching out with Poems in Paekakariki

Several weeks ago I received an email from Dave who told me he was associated with the Paekakariki Station Museum. Dave said they had a waiting room that is open for the public to use in the mornings while waiting for a train and wondered if I could supply him with poetry cards for the train passengers to take and read.

Paekakariki Station

He also mentioned that they were in the process of setting up an Arts Walk around Paekakariki which would have Poems on Display from local poets and four poems would be placed on the outside station walls.

I told Dave that up to now I’ve turned down any requests for cards from organisations outside the medical sector. The reason being that we have limited funds and resources to go beyond our ‘medical’ mandate.


the fact that they have an ARTS walk on the agenda and poems are to be placed on the station meant I was happy to make an exception.


Today Dave sent me a photo of this poster along with news – we are having a blessing and opening of the Arts Walk on the 30th of August so are going to put up the poster and have your poetry cards available at the same time.


The above photo shows a poem on the Paekakariki Station Museum wall and the photo below depicts one of the roadside stands they are using for their Arts Walk.


We are delighted to be playing a part in this great community project.

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