Book Launch: The Track by Paula Green

Where: Vic Books Kelburn, Victoria University of Wellington, Easterfield Building 1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington.

Date: Thursday 11th of July

Time: 5.30–7.00 pm 

With readings on the theme of surprise by Anna Jackson, Bill Manhire, Chris Tse, Dinah Hawken, Gregory O’Brien, Hannah Mettner, Helen Rickerby, Manon Revuelta, Sam Duckor-Jones and Tayi Tibble

All welcome, no RSVP needed.


About the book:

In the spring of 2015 Paula Green walked Queen Charlotte Track, her poet’s eye taking in the beauty of her surroundings and the history of the land. Early on the final day she slipped and injured herself, and had to walk out for nine hours on her broken foot – a journey made more dramatic by the ongoing storm.
To get through, and alleviate the pain, she composed poems in her head. The resulting poems are urgent, energetic, obsessive and compelling. Full of pain and joy, they take us on a journey though wild beauty, mind and memory, and a storm of words.

About the author:

Paula Green has published 12 poetry collections, including four for children, and edited several anthologies. Co-written with Harry Ricketts, her book 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry was short-listed for the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards. She runs two poetry blogs: NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf. In 2017 she received the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature. In 2019 The Cuba Press published her children’s collection Groovy Fish and Other Poems and Massey University Press are publishing Wild Honey: Reading NZ Women’s Poetry. She lives near Auckland’s West Coast with her family.