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The Voyagers science fiction poetry anthology is being launched around New Zealand this month. A list of dates and readers (shamelessly copied from Tim Jones’ blog) follows. I will be reading a poem from the book at the Wellington Central Library on Monday 19 October 2009 and at Paraparaumu Library on Tuesday 20 October. The book’s received a great review in the latest Listener (10-16 October) – good to see it’s making a splash, as editors Mark Pirie and Tim Jones had quite a journey getting it published.

There are all sorts of notable Kiwi poets in the book – Fleur Adcock, Kevin Ireland, Fiona Kidman, Alistair Campbell, Meg Campbell, Alistair Paterson, David Eggleton – I could go on. Have a browse in your local bookshop, go to a reading, write some yourself!

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Voyagers Tour Events: Venues and Readers

Dunedin Public Library, 14 Oct, 5:30 pm
. Join Sue Wootton, James Dignan, Tim Jones, David Karena-Holmes and IP Director Dr David Reiter to kick off the national tour of Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand.

Dunedin, Circadian Rhythm Café, 15 Oct, 7 pm. Our event here will feature Sue Wootton, Jenny Powell, James Dignan, David Eggleton, David Karena-Holmes, Tim Jones and David Reiter.

Christchurch, Madras Café, 16 Oct, 5 pm
, with Owen Marshall, James Norcliffe, David Gregory, Tim Jones and David Reiter

Wellington Central Library, 19 Oct, 5:30 pm
, with Janis
Freegard, Robin Fry, Helen Rickerby (tbc), Jack Perkins, Rachel McAlpine, Michael O’Leary, Marilyn Duckworth, Tim Jones, Mark Pirie and David Reiter

Kapiti Coast, Paraparaumu Library, 20 Oct, 5:30 pm for 6 pm
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featuring Puri Alvarez, Nic Hill, Helen Rickerby, Michael O’Leary, Janis Freegard and David Reiter

Hamilton, TBC, 21 Oct

Auckland Central Library, 22 Oct, 5.30pm,
, with Raewyn Alexander, Jacqueline Ottaway, Iain Sharp, Michael Morrissey, Anna Rugis, Alastair Paterson, Iain Britton, Thomas Mitchell, Janet Charman and David Reiter

Devonport, 24 Oct, 6:30 pm, Depot Arts Space, with Iain Britton, Alistair Paterson, Andrew Fagan, Janet Charman, Anna Rugis, Thomas
Mitchell and David Reiter.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/__data/assets/audio_item/0011/1970633/art-20090607-1445-Chapter_and_Verse_Voyagers,_sci-fi_poetry-m048.asx
Mark Pirie & Tim Jones talk to Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ about Voyagers, the new NZ science fiction poetry collection.

I may be biased – having a poem in the collection myself – but I’m finding it a great assortment of established and new poets with a wide range of poetic styles and interpretation of what science fiction poetry actually is.

‘Voyagers’ is coming your way soon. It’s a science fiction poetry anthology edited by Mark Pirie and Tim Jones and I’m very happy to have a poem in it. You can read more about it on Tim’s blog here:

http://timjonesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/voyagers-new-zealand-science-fiction.html

Should be available in New Zealand on 1 June.

There is a mini-site at: http://ipoz.biz/Titles/Voy.htm and an orders page at: http://ipoz.biz/Store/orders.htm

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