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Speakers for the Friday Poem event
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Fri 25 Oct, 3.30pm
60 mins, no interval


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Something exciting – fun, dazzling, often powerful – is going on in New Zealand poetry.

When Steve Braunias created The Friday Poem slot for The Spinoff in 2015, he provided a new platform for some of Aotearoa’s most exciting new voices, alongside some of our much-loved, established poets.

Join him and three of the poets – Tayi Tibble (Poūkahangatus – winner of the Jessie Mackay Prize for Poetry at this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards), Emma Neale (To the Occupant) and Chris Tse (He’s so MASC) – who are all featured in the hard copy book, The Friday Poem: 100 New Zealand Poems.

Chaired by Cliff Fell.

Read more about the session in the Nelson Mail: The Friday Poem salutes revival in New Zealand poetry.

Tayi Tibble

Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) is a poet and writer born in Wellington in 1995 now based in Te Whanganui A Tara. She has been published in various journals and magazines such as The Spinoff, The Wireless, and Poetry Magazine. In 2017 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize. Her first book, Poūkahangatus, was published by Victoria University Press in 2018. She previously worked at Toi Māori Aotearoa, an organisation committed to supporting contemporary Māori art.

Photo by Ebony Lamb

Chris Tse

Chris Tse was born and raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, who completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. His poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction have been recorded for radio and widely published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including The Friday Poem, Best New Zealand Poems, The New Zealand Listener, The Spinoff, and many other magazines and literary journals. Chris’ first full-length poetry collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2016. His latest collection, He’s So Masc, was published by Auckland University Press in 2018.

Emma Neale

Emma Neale has published six novels, five poetry collections, and edited several anthologies. She is a former Robert Burns fellow (2012) and has received numerous awards and grants for her writing including the Janet Frame/NZSA Memorial Prize for Literature (2008), the University of Otago/Sir James Wallace Pah Residency (2014), and she was Philip and Diane Beatson/NZSA Writing Fellow in 2015. Neale was awarded the Kathleen Grattan Award for 2011 for her poetry collection The Truth Garden, and was a finalist for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 for her novel Billy Bird. Since 2018 she has been editor of Landfall journal, and she holds a PhD in New Zealand Literature from University College London (UK).

Photo by Jim Tannock

Steve Braunias

Steve Braunias is the author of 10 books, including How To Watch A Bird (Awa Press, 2007) and The Scene of the Crime (HarperCollins, 2015). He edited and published the poetry anthology The Friday Poem (Luncheon Sausage Books, 2018). A veteran journalist, which is to describe him as old, he has worked for the Listener, Sunday-Star Times and Greymouth Evening Star, and is currently senior writer at the New Zealand Herald, and also serves as literary editor at the online site Newsroom. He lives in Te Atatu, west Auckland, and is a regular visitor to Mapua.

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