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Doctors who write
  • nz


Sat 26 Oct, 3.30pm
60 mins, no interval


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Join three physicians – who are also poets, playwrights and prose writers – in conversation with medical student and writer Emma Espiner.

Glenn Colquhoun (Late Love: Sometimes Doctors Need Saving as Much as Their Patients) is a doctor, poet and children’s writer. Renee Liang is a paediatrician, playwright, poet, fiction writer and co-author of a new book about parenting (When We Remember to Breathe). Shaun Holt is a doctor, medical researcher and entrepreneur whose new book, Medical Cannabis, aims to give readers the information they need – by summarizing what the latest research shows about the use of cannabis as a medicine and its potential benefits and risks – to make their own informed decision before the referendum at the next general election. They are very different books, but all three writers are united by a common desire to use storytelling to demystify what they do.

Glenn Colquhoun

Glenn Colquhoun is a doctor, poet and children’s writer. His first poetry collection, The Art of Walking Upright, won Best First Book of Poetry at the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2003 he won the Poetry Category and also became the first poet to be awarded the coveted Montana Readers’ Choice Award. He has written several children’s books and has been the convener of the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Late Love – Sometimes Doctors Need Saving As Much As Their Patients was published by BWB Texts in 2016.

Renee Liang

Renee Liang, a Kiwi of Chinese descent, is passionate about stories. Her two greatest stories are currently aged 5 and 7 and provide the inspiration for a lot of her writing. Renee likes writing poems, short stories, plays, operas and musicals; collaborates on visual arts works, film, music, computer games and runs community events such as The Kitchen, bringing neighbours together with NZ writers to share food and stories. In 2019 she launched When We Remember To Breathe, a correspondence of motherhood with Michele Powles, and a children’s play, Sofija’s Garden. In 2018 she became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to the Arts and won Next Woman of the Year in the Arts and Culture category. 

Photo by John Rata.

Shaun Holt

Dr. Shaun Holt is the founder of two clinical trials organisations as well as Research Review, a company that produces regular reviews of the medical literature for health professionals. He holds degrees in pharmacy and medicine, has been the principal investigator in over 50 clinical trials and has over 220 publications in the medical literature. As well, he is the author of 10 books and has been a regular contributor on TV One’s Breakfast programme and national radio shows. He is currently helping a medical cannabis company with their research and clinical trials.

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