Saturday 16 November, 3pm, Eastern Southland Gallery

On Saturday 16 November at 3pm Eastern Southland Gallery will host a poetry reading with five poets from Southern New Zealand, Kay McKenzie Cooke, David Eggleton, Cilla McQueen, Jenny Powell, and Richard Reeve.


This is a special opportunity to hear readings from five published New Zealand poets.


Kay McKenzie Cooke (Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Ngati Kahungunu) is a Southland-born poet who lives in Dunedin. A lot of her poetry is grounded in Southland, both from the memories she has of growing up there and from the many visits south which she continues to make. She has had three poetry books published. Her first book, 'Feeding the Dogs', won the Jessie McKay prize for the Best First Book of Poetry, 2003. Her fourth poetry book is due to be published next year in 2020. 



David Eggleton edited Landfall between 2010 and 2018. He is a recent recipient of a Janet Frame Literary Trust Award, an Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, and the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry. His most recent poetry publication, Edgeland and other poems, was published by Otago University Press in 2018. He is the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2019 - 2021.



Born in 1949, Cilla McQueen has lived in Te Waipounamu for most of her life. After formative years in Dunedin and some travel, she settled in Motupohue, Bluff, in 1996. A poet, teacher and artist, her honours and awards include a Fulbright Visiting Writer's Fellowship 1985; Robert Burns Fellowship 1985 and 1986; Inaugural Australia-New Zealand Writers' Exchange Fellowship 1987; Goethe Institut Scholarship to Berlin 1988; three New Zealand Book Awards 1983, 1989, 1991; QEII Arts Council Scholarship in Letters 1992; Southland Art Foundation Artist in Residence 1999; Hon.LittD Otago 2008, and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry 2010. She was named the National Library New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009 -11. Her latest book, Poeta: New and Selected Poems (OUP 2018) collects poetry chosen from the vital span of her poetic development to date. It also features a series of original drawings, intuitive scores for 'imaginary music'.



Jenny Powell’s publications include nine poetry collections and a book about human movement. Her poems have been finalists in the UK Plough Poetry Prize, The Welsh Poetry Competition, the Mslexia Poetry Competion and the UK Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Her work was recently included in 12 selected poems for display in Antarctica.



Richard Reeve is the author of five collections of poetry, Dialectic of Mud (AUP 2001), The Life and the Dark (AUP 2004), In Continents (AUP 2008), The Among (Maungatua Press 2008) and Generation Kitchen (Otago University Press 2015). A hand-sewn chapbook poem-sequence, Horse and Sheep, illustrated by printmaker Manu Berry is being produced by Maungatua Press in 2019. He has had poems included in the annual Best New Zealand Poems series for 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2018. Richard lives in Warrington, north of Dunedin, and currently works as a lawyer.



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