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Mary McCallum

Mary McCallum

Mary McCallum

Mary McCallum is a poet, novelist and publisher (Mākaro Press and The Cuba Press) based in Martinborough and Wellington. Her 'YXZ of Happiness' was on the Listener's top-ten poetry books 2018, one poem was selected for Best NZ Poems and another won her the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize. Her novel 'The Blue' (Penguin) won two national book awards in 2008, and 'Dappled Annie and the Tigrish' (Gecko) was awarded a Kirkus Star in the US.


Workshop and Readings: Finding Joy (with Michael Fitzsimons)

Sunday 13 September, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Finding the Joy. Too often poetry is seen as a haven for the depressed, lonely and grieving when it has a history that also embrases praise and the art of delighting in things. Join poets/publishers Michael Fitzsimons and Mary McCallum in a workshop designed to help you write from a perspective of delight and approach even the most difficult material with an eye for elements that are uplifting and even joyful. Michael is the author of 'Michael, I thought You Were Dead', a collection that sprang from a cancer diagnosis, and Mary is the author of 'YXZ of Happiness'.


Discussion Panel: Writing the World (with Nicola EasthopeTim JonesElspeth Tilley and Renée)

Sunday 13 September, 3:15pm - 5:00pm

Be entertained by this panel of acclaimed authors as they robustly discuss how writing fiction or poetry can bring about social or political change and why a number of activists are now turning to the medium.