Our eldest lad frequently emails to see if he can come over and cook dinner for us. There is never any hesitation on our part in accepting his offer! Both lads turned up last night and while they love desserts they’re not that fussed on making them so I decided to contribute to the meal by making my first ever lemon meringue pie. Took this photo of the last portion before it was snapped up! We enjoyed a lovely meal and great family evening together.
Today I collected 2700 lemon poetry cards from the printer so I feel there is a lemon theme on the go! Many thanks to the cereal folk Hubbard Foods Ltd, for sponsoring this edition. Look for the cards in rest homes and medical waiting rooms towards the end of August.
And now a slice of information about our spring contributors:
Fleur Adcock was born in Auckland but spent much of her childhood in England, where she now lives. She is a regular contributor to, as well as editor and translator of, poetry anthologies. Fleur has been writing full-time since 1981. She was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2006 and in 2008 was named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature. Her latest poetry collection is Dragon Talk (2010).
Meg Bateman was born in Edinburgh and teaches at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye. She has co-edited and translated three anthologies of Gaelic medieval, 17th century and religious verse. Her own poetry collections, Aotromachd/ Lightness and Soirbheas/ Fair Wind, were short-listed for the Scottish Book of the Year in 1997 and 2007.
Jane Buxton says I was born in Otaki and grew up in Wanganui. My first children’s book was published in 1976 and I’ve been writing for children ever since. For many years I was a primary school teacher and wrote part-time. I live on a small farm in North Canterbury with a herd of llamas and alpacas, two donkeys, two dogs and one cat. I write in the mornings and work with my animals in the afternoons.
Eric Dodson lives in Tauranga where he spends his retirement fishing, gardening and writing poetry. His poems and haiku have appeared in NZ journals including Poetry NZ and Kokako.
Danielle Hope has published four books of poetry and her work has appeared widely in magazines and newspapers. She founded and edited Zenos, a magazine of British and International Poetry, edited the work of the Turkish poet, Feyyaz Fergar, was a Trustee and is now advisor of Survivors Poetry, and is editorial advisor for the Literary Magazine, Acumen.
Jan Hutchison lives in Christchurch and a third collection of her poems will be published this year – The Happiness of Rain. She is published in Australia, England, and New Zealand.
Julie Leibrich’s published works include four books of poetry, four children’s books, and two non-fiction books in the area of psychology. She is currently working on another non-fiction book. She lives in Raumati.