In this winter edition we’re featuring the winning poems from our 2014 poetry competition. Belinda Diepenheim’s That’s Art, Cherry Hill’s Old home, Charmian Koed’s Ode to a Compost Bin and Carolyn McCurdie’s First rain after drought. And then we’ve got Hugh playing the Moonlight by Fiona Farrell, Bronwyn Bryant’s Sing Me Down My Country, a haiku from Doc Drumheller, Keith Nune’s Across the Great Divide and a children’s poem from Paula Green. Something for everyone.
We’re also trialing a white font against a dark background. We’ve used the full palette of colours suitable for the cards twice over so our printer suggested that if we used a white font we could extend our colours into darker shades. Let me know what you think. Readability is the prime criteria.
The winter cards will be posted or hand delivered to medical centres, rest homes, hospices and prisons during the last week in May. Look out for them – they’re bright and bold!
Introducing our winter poets
Belinda Diepenheim lives in the small village of Ashhurst, which is East of Palmerston North. She has had her poetry published in various New Zealand and international magazines and ezines.
Charmian Koed lives in Nelson and has found more time to write since she retired from teaching. Two weekend seminars led by poet Lynn Davidson were inspirational. She works voluntarily for Citizens’ Advice Bureau, reads voraciously and enjoys working on patchwork quilts and constructing cryptic crosswords now and then. Charmian’s family and friends are very important to her.
Carolyn McCurdie is a Dunedin writer. Her poems have been published widely in journals and on-line. She was the winner of the NZ Poetry Society’s International Competition 2013 and has previously won the Poems-in-Waiting-Rooms Best unplaced Dunedin poem, in 2012. Her short fiction won the Lilian Ida Smith Award in 1998 and a collection of short stories “Albatross” was published in e-book form by Rosa Mira Books in 2014. A children’s novel, “The Unquiet” was published by Longacre Press in 2006.
Cherry Hill is a retired teacher of Chinese and Japanese languages. She is a partner on a sheep and deer farm on the edge of Lake Ellesmere/TeWaihora.
Doc Drumheller: was born in Charleston, South Carolina and has lived in New Zealand for more than half his life. He has worked in award-winning groups for theatre and music and has published ten collections of poetry. In 2007 he participated in the 12th Havana International Poetry Festival, where he was asked to represent New Zealand on the International Board of Poets in Defence of Humanity.
In 2009 he participated in the 5th World Haiku Association Conference and The Druskininkai Poetic Fall in Lithuania, where he became the New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Užupis. In 2010 he participated in the World Haiku Festival Pécs, Hungary and won first prize in the ginko haiku writing competition.
In 2011 he travelled to India where his book ‘In Transit’, 100 haiku in 11 languages, was published. He performed poetry and music at the Cyberwit office in Allahabad and at the Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi and then went on to represent New Zealand at the 2nd Tokyo International Poetry Festival and 6th World Haiku Association Conference in Japan.
In 2013 he performed in Sofia, Bulgaria with the Bulgarian Rock Band, La Text launching a feature of Bulgarian poets in Catalyst Volume 10 and Contemporary New Zealand Poets published in Sofia’s Literary Newspaper. He represented New Zealand at the 7th International Haiku Festival Constanta, 2013 Romania. He won 1st prize for the festival haiku writing contest, 2nd prize in the festival anthology contest and was awarded a diploma for excellence in haiku, from the Constanta Haiku Society.
He lives in Oxford, where he edits and publishes the literary journal Catalyst and teaches creative writing at the School for Young Writers. He is the 2014 Hagley Community College Writer in Residence.
Fiona Farrell was born in Oamaru, presently living at Otanerito on Banks Peninsula. Three collections of poetry, two collections of short stories, six novels and two non-fiction titles relating to the Christchurch quake. Various awards including the Burns Fellowship at Otago in 2011.
Keith Nunes is a former newspaper sub-editor who now writes to stay sane. His poetry has been described as obtuse and unpredictable which reflects his personality. He’s been published in New Zealand’s top literary journals including Landfall, Poetry NZ, Trout, Takahe and Snorkel as well as overseas.
Born in South Africa of Portuguese descent his family emigrated in the 1960s and he grew up in Hawke’s Bay. He worked for 25 years in newspapers around Hawke’s Bay, in Christchurch, Melbourne and Tauranga and also the now defunct Teletext (TVNZ).
Keith has travelled extensively around the world but always eagerly returns home. He lives with his wife, the flamboyant artist Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes, on a small piece of ground in Oropi (20km south of Tauranga) under the mountain Otanewainuku. They have two donkeys, a cat and two dogs one of which, Harry, firmly believes he’s a court jester.
“I write at odd hours when the house is quiet and the moon suggests a coffee or two,” says Keith. “I’m inspired by our bush location and the entertaining and disturbing voices in my head. I love to say what hasn’t been said.”
Paula Green is a reviewer, anthologist, poet and blogger. She has published eight poetry collections including several for children, a chapter book and a sophisticated picture book. Co-written with Harry Ricketts, her book 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry was short-listed for the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards. In 2012, she edited Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems. She runs two blogs: NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf. She has two new books out this year: A Letterbox Cat and Other Poems (August) and A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children (October).