The Wellington programme begins with an event featuring Helen Lehndorf, the 2013 Visiting Artist (Creative Writing) in the School of English and Media studies. Lehndorf is a Manawatu writer and writing teacher. Her work has appeared in many journals including Sport, Landfall, Hue & Cry, Takahe and North & South magazine. Her feature writing has appeared in the Dominion Post and her fiction produced on Radio New Zealand National. Her debut collection of poetry, The Comforter, featured in The Listener's '100 Best Books of 2012' list. Lehndorf will be joined by friend and fellow poet Maria McMillan, a poet, activist and undercover librarian. McMillan’s poetry sequence The Rope Walk comes out with Seraph Press in July and her second book Tree Space is to be published by Victoria University Press in 2014. In this session they'll share their poetry and discuss writing, the writing life and their shared love of op shopping.
Wednesday 17 April
Reading: 12:30 pm | Light refreshments to follow
Theatre Laboratory (Block 5, Level D, Room 14) Wallace Street, Entrance A
Wellington Campus, Massey University
Palmerston North session:
Wednesday 24 April
Reading: 6 pm | Light refreshments to follow
Palmerston North City Library
Helen has written a blog post about her friendship with Maria and their shared love of writing in a blog post: Celebrating a long apprenticeship.