7 Sept 12: An Evening With Three Poets

The New Zealand Studies Network presents an evening with Fleur Adcock, Helen Rickerby and Anna Jackson from 6pm to 8pm on Friday September 7th 2012 at Birkbeck (Room Malet St 612)

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About the speakers

Helen RickerbyHelen Rickerby’s most recent collection is Heading North (2010).She has also published My Iron Spine (2008) and Abstract Internal Furniture (2001) Helen was a co founder of the literary journal JAAM in 1995 and since 2005 has been its managing director. In 2004 she started the boutique publishing company Seraph Press. She currently works as a web editor for Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Helen comes from Wellington and has an MA in English and a Diploma in Publishing


Fleur AdcockFleur Adcock has published many volumes of verse since her first in 1964; her latest is Dragon Talk (2010). She has received numerous awards for poetry including the New Zealand National Book Award (1984), an OBE (1996),  the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (2006) and  the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit ( 2008). Fleur  was born in Papakura, near Drury  but spent much of her childhood, including the war years, in England. In New Zealand she married, had children and began publishing poetry. She returned to the UK permanently in 1963.


Anna JacksonAnna Jackson is a poet, fiction writer and academic. She was one  of three poetry finalists for the  New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 with her book Thicket. Her poetry was first published in book form in AUP New Poets 1 (AUP, 1999). Since then Jackson has published five collections of poetry as well as authoring and co-editing works of literary criticism, guest-editing journals and publishing reviews , short fiction and essays on topics ranging from children’s literature to poetics, in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. She teaches in the English Department at Victoria University of Wellington.