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Cilla McQueen

Recorded 26 November 2019 at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Arts Sound Studio. Tim Page, sound engineer.

Cilla McQueen

Photo credit: Otago University Press  

Poet, teacher and artist Cilla McQueen is a three-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. Her latest books are Poeta: Selected and New Poems (2018) and a poetic memoir, In a Slant Light (2016)., both from Otago University Press. In 2008 Cilla received an Hon. Litt.D. from the University of Otago, and she was the New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009-11. In 2010 she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. Cilla lives and works in the southern port of Motupōhue, Bluff.

Poem notes

'Letter to Hone': The poet Hone Tuwhare (1922-2008) was my wonderful friend and mentor in both the literary and the Māori worlds. Hone reappears in 'ripples,' along with my friend the poet and artist Joanna Paul (1945-2003).

'Writing Place': Barrow Street, Bluff

'An Island': These seven poems represent what I think must be the essential 'elements' of an island. Each 'element' speaks.


Last updated 12 December, 2019