Wednesday, 22 August 2012

NZ Studies Network - Three poets


presents an evening with three poets

Fleur Adcock, Anna Rickerby and Anna Jackson

6.00 to 7.30 Friday September 7th at Birkbeck (room tba)

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Anna Jackson is a poet, fiction writer and academic. She was one of three poetry finalists for the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 with her book Thicket. Her poetry was first published in book form in AUP New Poets 1 (AUP, 1999). Since, then Anna has published five collections of poetry as well as authoring and co-editing works of literary criticism and publishing reviews, short fiction and essays on topics ranging from children’s literature to poetics, in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. She teaches in the English Department at Victoria University of Wellington.

Helen Rickerby’s most recent collection is Heading North (2010).She has also published My Iron Spine (2008) and Abstract Internal Furniture (2001). She was a co founder of the literary journal JAAM in 1995 and since 2005 has been its managing director. In 2004 she started the boutique publishing company Seraph Press. She currently works as a web editor for Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Helen was born and still lives in Wellington and has an MA in English and a Diploma in Publishing.

Fleur Adcock’s latest book of poetry Dragon Talk (2010) is her 15th since the publication of her first volume in New Zealand in 1964. She has received numerous awards for poetry, including the New Zealand National Book Award (1984), an OBE (1996), the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (2006) and the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2008). Fleur was born in Papakura, near Drury, but spent eight years of her childhood, including the war years, in England. Although she returned with her family to New Zealand in 1947, where she married, had children and began publishing her poetry, she came back to the UK in 1963 to settle permanently.

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