October 12, 2017

Upcoming Book Launches

John Howell, a regular at Poetry at the Fringe, will launch his book, Homeless, at Wellington Central Library (Victoria Street) 5pm, Tuesday 10 October – all welcome


Landing Press launches “my wide white bed”, poems by Trish Harris

Trish was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of six and her first book, The Walking Stick Tree (2016), documents childhood and adult experiences. Hard on the heels of that book comes My wide white bed, a poignant journey through the swells and up draughts of recovery where hope and humour are never far away.

From nurses to chaplains, from visitors to the cleaning staff, My wide white bed is a collection of poems that bring to life how a patient experiences a prolonged hospital stay, beginning life on the orthopaedic ward at Hutt Hospital. The poems, which are short, whimsical, sometimes humorous, encouraging, always with a thoughtful undertone navigates daily hospital life and the path to recovery. 

As doctor-poet Glenn Colquhoun puts it in his endorsement of the book, ‘It is a medicine itself. It shows how crucial imagination is to being well, and how it is less often sparked by angels than bedpans, and by noticing, and by thinking to hold the stare of whatever is looking back at us.

Trish says poetry’s use of metaphors and humour makes it easier to take people in to some hard experiences. She is acutely aware of the importance of broadening the voices heard in literature. We believe this book contributes not only to New Zealand’s literature, but also to the medical profession, as it explores interactions between hospital staff and patients through the patient’s lens. In November she’ll be speaking at LitCrawl in Wellington – part of a panel called ‘Truth thrives in the margins’ by Crip the Lit.
The collection has received strong endorsements from both the medical profession and the writing sector: from Anne Taylor, Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Manager of Hutt Hospital, poet Jenny Bornholdt, and poet and GP Glenn Colquhoun.

For your interest, here is a short clip of Trish reading a poem from the book:



Introducing a poem from Trish Harris’s collection of poetry, My wide white bed. “A poignant journey through the swells and up draughts of recovery in…
For further informationreview copies or to contact the author for an interview – please get in touch at harrisbook@whitireia.ac.nz. We have attached our media release for your attention.

Helen Smith Room, Pataka Art + Museum, cnr Norrie & Parumoana Streets, Porirua, Saturday 14 October, 2.30–4.00 PM

RSVP to  harrisbook@whitireia.ac.nz by 12 October and visit https://landingpress.wordpress.com/ for more information.


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