HONOURED NEW ZEALAND WRITER: BRIAN TURNER (2021)

1:00:22
 
Share
 

Manage episode 294904846 series 1123400
By Auckland Writers Festival. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
To read Brian Turner “is to enter a world where natural things stand starkly, and emotions are felt as directly as the rock and streams and mountains to which he constantly returns,” says fellow poet and 2016 Festival Honoured Writer Vincent O’Sullivan. Lyric poet and keen environmentalist Turner is a man of both sporting and literary talents: rabbiter, fisherman, cricketer, cyclist, mountaineer, and former international hockey representative, as well as an award-winning writer of 12 poetry collections, memoir, sport biography (Meads and Kronfeld), essays, reviews and more. He won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize with his first collection Ladders of Rain and has gone on to further accolades including the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University, the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry, and the 2005 Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate. His most recent book, Landmarks (2020), celebrates the places and people of his beloved Central Otago, continuing the kaupapa of companion work Timeless Land (1995), written with friends and collaborators Owen Marshall and Grahame Sydney. To open the 2021 Festival, Turner joins John Campbell on stage in a free celebratory session of his life and work. AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL WAITUHI O TĀMAKI 2021

208 episodes