I’m looking forward to the New Zealand Poetry Conference this coming weekend (13-15 November). After a successful conference in Hawkes Bay in 2013, this one is being held in Wellington.
I know I’m going to be involved in a couple of events: one is a reading session which I believe I’ll be chairing, the other a panel of former judges of the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition talking about how they approached the judging process – I’m looking forward to this both as a former judge and as a potential future entrant!
There will also be book launches at the Conference – one I’m particularly pleased about is Mākaro Press’s launch of new poetry collections by Heidi North-Bailey – Possibility of flight – and Keith Westwater – Felt Intensity, to be launched by Dinah Hawken. You can join the Facebook event for this launch.
Heidi, Keith and I were all members of Dinah Hawken’s 2003 “Writing the Landscape” course, which was by far the best and most enjoyable writing course I have taken part in, so I am looking forward both to catching up with them and to the launch itself.