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Famous NZ poets delight Wellington crowd

Jul 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News, News

POETRY lovers were transported to Greece this week by Helen Heath, one of many readings to celebrate National Poetry Day.

The reading at Unity Books, Included famous New Zealand writers Bill Manhire, Harry Ricketts, Helen Heath, Lynn Davidson, Geoff Cochrane and James Brown.

The event was hosted by Ms Heath, right, who is Victoria University Press’ marketing manager.

Ms Heath read a poem from her own collection, Graft, which was published in May, about a trip she took to uncover her Mediterranean ancestry as well as a poem by Golden Bay writer Joan Fleming.

“At the reading today we have our ‘sampler box’ of poets for 2012”, said Ms Heath, who added that the reading was just one of many events to commemorate National Poetry Day throughout the city.

Mr Manhire  was New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate and is currently the director at the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.

He read first, and focused on the idea of alternative childhoods, in particular an Irish one which he had explored in his writing.

Each read one or two poems by fellow writers they admired, as well as a small selection of their own work.

The Willis St bookstore cleared a space for an audience of about 50, and all those seats were full, with more people milling around the bookshelves to better hear the poets.

“This is a pretty good turn out for a reading, and definitely a great way to celebrate National Poetry Day”, said Ms Heath.

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