Does a city a writer make? Three visiting Wellington poets explore what it’s like to live, work and write in the windy city. Chris Tse, Helen Heath and Anna Jackson, three very different poets who all call the capital home, will discuss their city and its impact on their work, and read to us from their latest collections. Local poet Paula Green will steer the conversation.
Chris Tse is a poet and occasional food blogger based in Wellington. He’s the author of How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, which won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and was a finalist in the poetry category at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Chris' second book, He’s so Masc, was published in March 2018.
Helen Heath is a poet, essayist and academic from the Kāpiti Coast, Wellington. Her debut collection of poetry Graft won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry award in 2013 and was the first book of fiction or poetry to ever be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize. Her new collection of poems, about the intersect between people and technology, is called Are Friends Electric?
Anna Jackson now based in Wellington, grew up in Titirangi, Auckland. She is a poet and academic, author and editor of several academic books as well as eight collections of poetry. Her most recent, Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems, is a collection of poems from seven previous collections and 25 new poems, several of which were written when she was the 2016 Katherine Mansfield Writer in Residence, Menton, France.
Paula Green is a poet, blogger (Poetry Shelf), anthologist and children’s author. In 2017 she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature.
Saturday and Sunday Sessions
8.30am - 5pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall
Full Day Pass Includes 8 sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch
$150.00 (value $ 174.00) $135 concession (value $150.00)
Early Bird $139.00 ($120 concession) Only available until 3 August
Individual Sessions $18.00 ($15 concession)
Morning/Afternoon Tea $ 5.00 Lunch $20.00