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.
Eva Radich talks to New Zealand poet Peter Bland on the release of his Collected Poems: 1956-2011 published by Steele Roberts.
Read 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.
The 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.
NZ poet, actor and recipient of Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement talks to Eva Radich on Upbeat.
Peter Bland blends his love of poetry with his theatrical past in his latest poetry, Mr Maui's Monologues.
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