Lets start with the Hoorays first – I’m going to be published in Landfall! David Eggleton (a man of impeccable taste and discernment) has taken both “The City and The City” and “Fault” for the next issue. Hooray! I’ve never been published in Landfall before, so this is a bit of a special moment.
And Paula Green has selected “The Messenger” to appear in a forthcoming anthology of New Zealand Love Poetry. Hooray again! Other than haiku, I haven’t appeared in many anthologies. And I don’t really write that many love poems either, so I’m feeling quite chuffed about it.
Now for the bah – Creative New Zealand have declined to fund the Reading for Writing workshop. Apparently there were 182 applications; 58 of whom were successful. $1.1 million requested; $360,161 given out (it’s that final $1 that I particularly like.) So they funded roughly 32%, if my maths hasn’t deserted me. Oh well, that’s how it goes.
But … I’ve decided to hold the classes anyway. And since the room hire is waived if no-one is being paid … for free. Yep, free. Nadda. Nil. Zip. Gratis. Pro Bono.
(My secret plan is to get people so hooked that they’ll be willing to pay what it’ll cost when I get classes up and running next year – with or without funding. I believe it’s the strategy used by drug dealers …)
Reading for Writing
A blend of poetry appreciation, close reading and poetry writing exercises.
Starts: Saturday 12th November
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Duration: 5 weeks, 12th November – 10th December
(including show weekend)
Location: The Sydenham Room
South Christchurch Library
There are only fifteen places available in total, so if you would like to attend, send me an email asap!