Poetry from New Zealand/Aotearoa with John Gallas and Vaughan Rapatahana
Date(s) - Monday, 9th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
This event will feature readings in English by John Gallas and readings in te Reo (Maori) and English by Vaughan Rapatahana.
John is a Carcanet poet who was born in New Zealand in 1950. He came to England in the 1970s to study Old Icelandic at Oxford and has since lived and worked in York, Liverpool, Upholland, Little Ness, Rothwell, Bursa, Leicester, Diyarbakir, Coalville and Markfield, as a bottlewasher, archaeologist, and teacher. His books are published by Cold Hub Press (nz) and Agraphia (Sweden), and The Little Sublime Comedy is his tenth Carcanet collection. He is the editor of two books of translations – 52 Euros and The Song Atlas – also published by Carcanet. He is a Fellow of the English Association and was 2016 Orkney St Magnus Festival poet. Last year Five Leaves published a pamphlet – Mad John’s Walk about John Clare, but expect to hear more about New Zealand at this reading.
You can hear Vaughan reading in te Reo and English here: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/six-pack-sound/01/rapatahana.asp
Vaughan is a New Zealand writer and reviewer. Though perhaps best known for his poetry, his bibliography also includes prose fiction, educational material, academic articles, philosophy, and language critiques. Rapatahana is of Māori ancestry, and many of his works deal with the subjects of colonial repression and cultural encounter. His writing has been published in New Zealand and internationally. In 2009, he was a semi-finalist for the Proverse Prize in Literature and in 2013 he was a finalist for the erbacce prize for poetry.
In 2016 Rapatahana won the Proverse Prize in Literature.
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