Peter Bland emigrated to New Zealand in 1954. From the 1970s on he travelled between New Zealand and the United Kingdom, working as an actor, playwright and critic, and writing poetry.

He has had 13 volumes of poetry published in NZ and the UK and has received numerous prizes and awards for his writing including the Observer/Arvon Foundation International Poetry Prize, and a Chomondeley Award. His children’s poetry collection Shhh I’m Still a Stranger Here Myself (2003) was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards. In 2011 he won a Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution to literature.

Peter Bland - Collected Poems: 1956-2011

Peter Bland Collected Poems book coverEva Radich talks to New Zealand poet Peter Bland on the release of his Collected Poems: 1956-2011 published by Steele Roberts.

Starkey the Gentle Pirate by Peter Bland

Peter Bland Starkey the Gentle Pirate book coverRead by Peter Bland
A poem about Starkey, a gentle pirate who ends up finding part of Captain Hook's buried treasure with his crew, but at a harsh price.
For ages 6-9 years.

Poetry with Peter Bland - Coming Ashore

Peter Bland Coming Ashore book coverThe well known broadcaster, actor, co-founder of Wellington's Downstage Theatre and poet talks about his new collection Coming Ashore and receiving a 2011 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement.

Peter Bland

NZ poet, actor and recipient of Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement talks to Eva Radich on Upbeat.

Peter Bland

Peter Bland Mr Maui s Monologues book coverPeter Bland blends his love of poetry with his theatrical past in his latest poetry, Mr Maui's Monologues.

Poetry by kalen bloodstone CC

Image by Kalen Bloodstone CC3.0

More poetry from RNZ

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.

- Allen Ginsberg

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

- T.S. Eliot

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.

- Audre Lorde

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

- Kahlil Gibran

All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

- William Wordsworth

There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either.

- Robert Graves

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

- Plato

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn

- Thomas Gray