Writing Poems is a Bouquet of Roses
Sunday 2 July, 11.30am
In 2011 Paula Green spent ten days in New York with her partner and two teenage daughters. Her latest poetry collection, New York Pocket Book, is a celebration of this experience but is as much about writing poetry as it is about navigating a new city.
Paula will share New York anecdotes and poems but will also talk about things that matter to her when she writes poetry. She will sift through her archives for poems that still shine in order to share a potted autobiography. Paula will talk about why she loves writing poems for children, and why boosting New Zealand children’s poetry is so important. She may make up two Raglan poems on the spot with the help of the audience.
Paula Green has published ten poetry collections including several for children. Co-written with Harry Ricketts, her book 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry was short-listed for the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards. In 2012, she edited Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems. Her most recent children’s book The Letter Box Cat and Other Poems (Scholastic) won Children’s Choice at the 2015 NZ Book Awards. She runs two blogs: NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature in 2017. She lives near Auckland’s West Coast.
See next event: Book Launch: All Her Dark Pretty Thoughts, with Wanda Barker > >.