Bearing the Laurel Crown

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Bearing the Laurel Crown

September 30, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chris Tse is New Zealand’s current Poet Laureate. In ancient times the Poet Laureate wore a crown of laurel leaves.

The first Poet Laureate in the English language was John Dryden in the 17th century, and in New Zealand it was Bill Manhire in 1997. Neither were bedecked with a crown. Our latest Laureate’s role for the next two years is to ‘create new work and promote poetry throughout New Zealand’.

Chris, who writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, has won awards and international acclaim for his works which investigate issues of racial and sexual identity. Come and hear Chris discuss his role as Poet Laureate with Airini Beautrais.

He will also talk about his latest collection of poems, Super Model Minority, which has been described as ‘irreverent and tender poems [that] dive head first into race and sexuality with rage and wit, while embracing everyday moments of joy to fortify the soul.’

Venue: Concert Chamber War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Admission: $15 pre-booked; $20 door sales

Booking: Royal Whanganui Opera House


September 30, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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