Apirana introduces and reads ‘South West Taranaki’ and two one-breath poems. He is so good in schools – now you can hear him wherever you live! I love this so much I chose to post it on my birthday. This first poem makes me think about where and how we belong somewhere, and how where we stand is full of the stories that make us. Some of the stories from our past make me weep, some fill me with joy. Apirana is a gift, his stories and his poems, taonga. The second poems, like little poem breaths, hā, show how a handful of words can breathe an exquisite image in our eyes and ears. Kia ora Apirana.
Apirana Taylor, of Ngati Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Ruanui, Te Ati Awa and Pakeha descent was born in 1955. He is a nationally and internationally published poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, actor, painter and musician.
He has been Writer in Residence at Canterbury and Massey Universities.
He frequently tours nationally and internationally visiting schools, tertiary institutions and prisons reading his poetry, storytelling and taking creative writing workshops. He has read at poetry festivals in India, Europe and South America and in 2017 was invited to read his poetry at an International Literature conference at Udine University in Italy. He has had six collections of poetry, a book of plays, three collections of short stories, and two novels published. The latest novel ‘Five Strings’ was published in 2017. His work has also been included in many national and international anthologies.
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