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Participants: Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire(Photo: Bruce Foster)

Bill Manhire is StAnza 2009 Poet in Residence

Bill Manhire was New Zealand's inaugural Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate, and is a four-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for poetry.  His collected poems were published in New Zealand by Victoria University Press, and by Carcanet in the UK. His most recent collection, Lifted (Victoria UP, 2005/Carcanet, 2007), won the Poetry Prize in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.  In 2007, he received the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry.  He is currently the Director of The International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington.



StAnza 2009 Events:

Wed 18 March | Festival Launch
First Minister Alex Salmond, poets Bill Manhire & Kate Clanchy, singer Sheena Wellington, Burning Burns with David Mach; music from Ferryport Fiddlers
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Level 2 Foyer

Fri 20 March | Poetry Centre Stage
Reading Simon Armitage, Bill Manhire
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium

Sat 21 March | Masterclass
Led by Bill Manhire
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room

Sun 22 March | The Land of Counterpane
Children’s Show (Age 7+): An afternoon of Robert Louis Stevenson themed poetry and play with Robert Crawford, Sara Lodge & Bill Manhire
The Town Hall, Queens Gardens – Supper Room

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