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Migrant Poets – Poetry Reading and Writers Talk

Migrant Poets – Poetry Reading and Writers Talk

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  • Mon 10 Dec ’18, 11:30am – 1:30pm


New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Join poet Riemke Ensing and special guests in this public programme for Carving Water Painting Voice.

Writing in response to their experiences of migration the poets will read pieces of their work followed by informal Q+A.

Poets include:
- Riemke Ensing
- Alexandra Balm
- Peter Bland
- Renee Liang

All welcome to this free event. Pre-registrations required as spaces are limited.
Carving Water Painting Voice is Kazu Nakagawa’s collaborative installation which investigates themes of human migration and identity.

About the poets:
Riemke Ensing
Riemke Ensing taught as a Senior Tutor at the University of Auckland for thirty years. She has written 12 books of poetry, including Talking Pictures – selected poems. She was a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow and received the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for a distinguished contribution to New Zealand Poetry in 2012. Her volume Storm Warning – after McCahon was set to music by Alex van den Broek and premiered at the Christchurch Word Festival 2014.

One of her poems was included in Shaky Places – essential NZ poems set to music – performed at Poetry Festivals both in Wellington and Auckland. She has won several poetry competitions and her work is published both locally and abroad and represented in many anthologies. She has frequently written for Art New Zealand and produced a number of art catalogues.

Alexandra Balm
Alexandra teaches and lives in Auckland. She has published poems, short stories, and academic articles. She was the first to use the concept of metamodernism in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Alexandra was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a Transylvanian town that used to be a Roman castrum in antiquity, then a medieval fortress and a modern multicultural city with a Romanian majority and significant German, Hungarian, Roma and Jewish minorities.

She always loved rivers and the sea. As a young person she dreamed to have a house by the sea, which came close to being a reality when she moved to NZ. Writing is for her a way of bridging the gaps between experience and innocence, reality and imagination, living in a state of exile and a sense of home.

Peter Bland
Peter Bland was born in North Yorkshire in 1934 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1954. Bland is a poet and actor, whose writing commits to an everyday sub-urban sense of reality, often exploiting the framework of the dramatic monologue. He has a distinguished place in New Zealand theatre history as co-founder of Wellington's Downstage Theatre and its artistic director 1964–68.

He has worked as a stage and television actor and several of his own plays have been produced. Bland has published a large selection of poetry volumes in New Zealand and the UK and his memoir was released in 2004. He lives in Auckland and has just published his Selected Poems for Children.

Renne Liang
Renee, a second-generation Chinese Kiwi, is a poet, playwright, paediatrician, medical researcher and fiction writer. Renee is a multidisciplinary artist, having written in many genres including short and long fiction, poetry, theatre, non fiction, blogging and arts journalism. She has also collaborated on visual arts works, film and music, produced and directed theatre works, worked as a dramaturge, taught creative writing and organized community-based arts initiatives.

In 2017 she made her foray into musical writing as a librettist for Auckland Arts Festival commissioned The Bone Feeder opera (with composer Gareth Farr) and as lyricist and book writer for Dominion Rd The Musical (with composer Jun Bin Lee).

She holds a Master of Creative Writing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theatre Writing) from the University of Auckland, a medical degree and a specialist qualification as a paediatrician. For her activities in arts, science and medicine, Renee was named a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader in 2010. She won the Royal Society Manhire Prize in Science Writing for Creative Non-Fiction in 2012.

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