I live in the country near Bethells Beach (West Auckland) with my partner, artist Michael Hight, our two daughters. We used to have three cats and two dogs! I write poetry books for both adults and children, I visit schools, review books and write stories in secret. I have published fifteen books and I have a new poetry anthology for children coming out this year called Roar Squeak Purr with poems by adults and children (Penguin Books). I also edited A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children published by Random House. I visit schools and I like working with students from Year 0 to Year 13. I love reading, walking, riding a bike, swimming, gardening, cooking, watching movies, listening to music and of course …. writing.
In 2018 I received The Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry and was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature. My latest children’s poetry book Groovy Fish and other Poems was published by The Cuba Press. The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems won Children’s Choice at the NZ Book Awards in 2015. Many of my books have been selected as Notable Storyline Books.
I also love writing for adults. In 2020 my big book Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry was shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards. I run a second blog: http://nzpoetryshelf.wordpress.com
My contact address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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My daughter Jeannie (age 9, Carlton School, Wanganui) wrote a poem about penguins recently, I think it would be good for a wider audience, so here it is to share…
They waddle cutely
across the ice
Their body slides too.
So free when they swim…
I know who they are
and hope you do too
They are…the penguins.
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