Thursday 1st November 2012 - 7.30pm
Fleur Adcock and Kevin Ireland
Albion Beatnik Bookstore
34 Walton Street
Fleur Adcock is one of our most celebrated and best loved poets. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, she moved to England in 1963. Her first collection of poetry was published in 1964, and her Collected Poems 1960-2000 was published twelve years ago. Disarmingly conversational in style, her poems are remarkable for their psychological insight and their unsentimental yet mischievous view of personal relationships. Common themes are identity and place, human relationships and everyday activities, but this mundanity is flavoured frequently with a dark twist.
Kevin Ireland was born in Auckland in 1933 and although based in England for 25 years from 1959, he has consistently identified himself as a New Zealand poet. He has published 18 collections of poetry and his first book of prose was released in 1995, followed by a first novel in 1996. He was awarded an OBE for services to literature, and received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in 2004. He is commonly held to be one of New Zealand's greatest poets.