Baxter, Bird and beyond: Harry Ricketts on poetry in New Zealand
Events for The Next Word: Contemporary New Zealand Poetry, an exhibition showcasing the many-faceted voices of New Zealand poets, encompassing the oral tradition of Māori as well as the poetic traditions of Pākehā and Tauiwi.
- Date: Thursday, 14 December, 2017
12:10 to 1:00pm
Free. Booking is not required
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
Do you find poetry intimidating? Boring? Does it all rhyme? Does it remind you of school English exams? Does New Zealand even have a poetry scene? Professor Harry Ricketts is here to answer these questions and more. To mark the opening of the Turnbull Gallery’s exhibition The Next Word: Contemporary New Zealand Poetry, Harry will give a lecture on New Zealand poetry as it stands today, and how it got here.
About the speaker
Harry Ricketts teaches English literature and creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington. He’s published over twenty books as a biographer, anthologist and scholar, including 99 ways into New Zealand Poetry with Paula Green. He has also published ten collections of his own poetry, with a new collection, Winter Eyes, to be published by Victoria University Press in 2018.