The New Zealand Poetry Society 2017 International Poetry Competition Results out now. See full judges comments. Open Section judged by Cilla McQueen First Place: ‘After the Cyclone’ Alexandra Fraser, Auckland Second Place: ‘Sea Glass’ Margaret Moores, Auckland Third Place: ‘Seeing Red’ Nicholas Williamson, Christchurch Open Junior Section judged by Joanna Preston First Equal: ‘hidden figures’ Joanna […]

Looking for poetry action near you? Here’s our list of poetry events, workshops, groups, and readings that happen regularly in venues throughout New Zealand.

My delicate china lady dressed in white a flouncy dress and decorative hat stands with poise at the foot of my bed   you guard my repose you light up the passage   The hall doorway closed to idle grown-up play so I do not feel scared when stairs creak with small footsteps apples drop […]

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival – Auckland 2017 Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland City community – creativity – celebration – connection – collaboration Friday 10 November 3 00pm – 7 00pm Includes a catered p.m. tea, book sales & swaps: finger food and wine at end of day 3 00 – special welcome – refreshments – […]

Shane Holland was elected President of the New Zealand Poetry Society at the AGM on 9 September. Shane will be joined by a new Vice-President, Mike Subritzky. Shane Hollands is principally a performance poet. He is well-known for his innovative work with poet centric music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal. Shane […]

One more month to go! The theme for the November/December 2017 edition of a fine line is ANIMAL. What does that mean to you? Does this image by Hery Zo Rakotondramanana inspire a poem? The deadline: 10 October 2017 NZPS financial members can submit up to four poems (40 lines max). Note: Members receive advance notice of a […]

September 2017:  There’s to be a Japanese Australian Poetry Festival in Melbourne at the end of this month – it’s not often we get the chance to attend a gathering in this part of the world so maybe some Kiwis will take advantage of the proximity. Do let me know if you go as I’d welcome […]

  Applications are now open for established creative writers to apply for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. Closing Date for Applications – 11pm Monday 25 September 2017 The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship Advisory Committee are calling for creative writers to apply for the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. Since 1970, the Fellowship has enabled a selected New […]

A puzzling geography, medieval, the earth a shrinking island surrounded by dreams, gardens with golden poisons, monsters and dangerous nonsense. Miles of yesterdays locked under marmalade cupboards in the house of useless cards. You’re thinking of the lighthouse. Before eyes can savour new horizons memory sends narrow flashes like bullets; this is how it’s done. […]