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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772521
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.99
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Big Weather



An anthology of 100 poems celebrating Wellington.

Capturing the vivacity and diversity of the capital, this poetic portrait is a celebration of Wellington and the creative life it inspires.

Beginning with the inner city and harbour, the 100 poems move into the suburbs and parks, before heading to outer areas - and into the twenty-first century. Major New Zealand poets, visitors from offshore and stimulating newer voices have all been moved to record their responses to the steep streets and myriad people, the food and political energy, the cable car and cenotaphs, the wharves and, of course, the big weather.

  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143772521
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Gregory O'Brien

Gregory O'Brien is a Wellington-based writer, poet and artist. He is a prolific writer of non-fiction and poetry, and has edited two collections of poems with his partner Jenny Bornholdt, My Heart Goes Swimming:New Zealand Love Poems and The Colour of Distance: New Zealand Writers in France. He also co-edited with Jenny Bornholdt and Mark Williams An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, which won the 1997 Montana Book Award for Poetry. A painter and printmaker, Gregory has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows, and his work was exhibited at Black Barn Gallery in 2013. He is the recipient of several arts awards, and was the Frank Sargeson Fellow in 1988, Victoria University Writer-in-Residence in 1995 and Stout Memorial Fellow in 2015. In 2012 Gregory was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (Non-fiction) and was made an Arts Foundation Laureate in the same year. In 2013 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts.

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Praise for Big Weather

This is a rereleased collection of poems about the city which James K Baxter called "the sterile whore of a thousand bureacrats". His poems are here, along with Fleur Adcock, Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Sam Hunt, Fiona Kidman, Bill Manhire, Katherine Mansfield, Vincent O'Sullivan. Among them all they have nicely captured the nature of a city with a dozen different moods, a people crafted by its fickle weather and the beautiful bays that engender such affection from anyone who has ever lived there. This is a lovely little book to dip into whenever the wind blows and the ferry lurches into the harbour.

Linda Thompson, Horowhenua Chronicle

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