For The Second Fabulous Poetry Competition on NZ Poetry Box I am inviting schools to submit a school entry of 25 poems. The winning school will get a limited-edition print of an illustration from my sophisticated picture book Aunt Concertina and Her Niece Evalinacourtesy of Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. The original paintings were done by my partner, artist Michael Hight, and these prints are as gorgeous as the paintings (see below for more images and further background). The prize print is of Tokyo with a horde of things hiding in the cityscape to find.
Aunt Concertina and her niece Evalina 13, 2/25, 2009
Pigment inks on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper
610 x 405mm
I will post the winning 25 poems and write about each one of them on the blog. Myfavourite five entries from across the board (not just the winning school) will receive a copy of Aunt Concertina and Her Niece Evalina (courtesy of Random House) and a book voucher. I will also post these on the blog and say what I love about them. Please circulate details of the competition to other schools that might be interested.
1. The competition is open to New Zealand Primary and Intermediate Schools.
2. You have two terms! The deadline is 30th September 2013 (a few days grace after the end of Term 3).
3. Please send to my postal box as I will not accept email entries.
Paula Green PO Box 95078 Swanson Waitakere 0653
4. Please make sure each poem has the child’s first name, age, year and name of school written on it (on the back is fine).
5. Poems can be on any topic, in any form, but no more than 20 lines.
6. Poems can also be hand written and illustrated. I will scan these to post on the blog. I would rather not have students lift images from the internet to use as illustrations as I don’t want to face copyright issues.
7. I am keen to see a school entry that includes a range of ages.
7. Any questions to email@example.com or post your question on the blog for all to see the answers.
Aunt Concertina and her Niece Evalina
I told the stories of Aunt Concertina and her niece Evalina (and the magical kite!) to my girls when they were little and every night I thought I had told a good episode that I would write down the next day; but every morning I was full of mother tiredness and didn’t write a single word.
All these years later I wrote a poetic version of the story. Aunt Concertina and her niece fly around the world with the magical kite to superlative places (the most amazing!). I wanted to write a story that was full of rich poetry that sang in your ears as you read, and I wanted an illustrator to paint pictures that sang in your eyes as you looked. Michael has done just that. There is so much going on in each page. When he was a little boy he loved looking in old books for marvelous and strange things and drawing them. He loved making lists of all kinds — of rivers and animals and capital cities. He also made a book of madeup animals that I discovered in a box at the back of our wardrobe. When I saw the pictures I knew he was just the right person for the job!
Usually Michael is busy painting large paintings for his shows in Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin. He is famous for his beehive paintings, but he also doesmysterious paintings featuring things that have fascinated him as both a boy and as an adult. You can see these on his Gow Langsford Gallery page: http://www.gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz/artists/michaelhight/
Gow Langsford Gallery are Michael’s Auckland gallery and they have a limited series of the Aunt Concertina prints for sale. http://www.gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz/editions/michaelhight.asp. The prints have been produced with the most gorgeous pigment ink on the most gorgeous paper (Hahnemuhle photo rag paper). You can see the complete series on their web site, but I am posting four more of my favourites courtesy of the Gow Langsford Gallery.
This first image is not our kitchen but you can spot our cats (I have written poems about them!) and lots of things Michael has collected on the shelves. All of those objects have a story attached to them! One of my daughters got to keep this painting.
The second image is inside the fabulous junk shop where Evalina is given the magic kite. Michael has put famous paintings from all round the world on the back wall! My other daughter got to keep this painting.
The final image I will post is the painting I kept (it was really hard choosing so one day I will get a print of the last page because I love that too!). But I chose this one because my grandmother was Scottish and I once rode around Loch Ness on my bike. I love the marvelous inventions under the water and the way life goes on as normal above it.