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‘Blood Ties’ book launch & competition

Come along to the Canterbury University Press (CUP) book launch of Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963-2016, the latest collection by UC’s popular poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, photographed for his new book launch, Blood Ties, 17.1.17
Poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

This gripping and powerful collection spans Jeffrey’s writing career of more than 50 years.  Exploring the journey of a life in Aotearoa New Zealand, Blood Ties touches on universal human concerns: love, loss, grief and courage in the face of difficulties, in a language that is accessible to all.

Blood Ties has been designed and printed in collaboration with Ilam Press and will be launched by acclaimed author and UC Emeritus Professor Patrick Evans.

When: 5.30-7.00pm, Thursday 9 March
Where: University Bookshop, University Drive
RSVP: for catering purposes by Thursday 2 March to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz

Win a copy of Blood Ties (RRP $25)
To go in the draw to win a copy of Blood Ties, answer the following question:

Q: What was the title of Jeffrey’s previous collection of poetry, published by CUP in 2012? (Hint: find the answer here.)

Please email your answer to: universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Tuesday 7 March. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom on 10 March.

Poet & Harvard Professor to discuss Transgender Literature

Stephen (Stephanie) Burt, Professor of English at Harvard and Canterbury Fellow at UC for the summer term 2016-17, will discuss the transgender experience in a free event entitled ‘Transgender Literature (and Life) – an introduction and conversation.’

Steph will explore the topic with UC Lecturer Karen Saunders at the Shilling Club on 14 December.

Date: Wednesday 14 December 2016,
5:30PM -7:00PM

Location: The Shilling Club, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury

Details here: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/active/uc-events/transgender-literature-and-life—an-introduction-and-conversation.html 

‘How many times have you made this journey[?]’ – Nicholas Wright: Canterbury School of Continental Philosophy Seminar

 – Nicholas Wright: Canterbury School of Continental Philosophy Seminar

  • Date: Friday 16 October 2015, 11:00AM to 16 October 2015, 12:30PM
  • Location: Room 252, Psychology building, Ilam Campus

This paper is part of a much larger inquiry into the state of contemporary New Zealand poetry – specifically, the literary-critical silence in which so much of it is written and read.

While we might consider many reasons for this silence, I propose that it might have something to do with what Jerome McGann has called the ‘Romantic Ideology’ – a structure of feeling that, operating like a super-egoic injunction, has come to maintain a particularly Pākehā, middle class fantasy.

In such a fantasy ‘we’ enjoy the prohibitions (the silence) of the ‘unforbidden pleasures’ of romantic, literary consumption. In this context the paper will consider just two poems: ‘Water: A Stopping Place’ by Bill Manhire, and ‘The Same River’ by John Newton. Read more…