Poet: Peter Bland
was born in Yorkshire in 1934 and emigrated to New Zealand twenty years later, for many years dividing his time between the two countries. He is now a much-loved part of the Auckland poetry scene. Peter has written plays, poems, children’s books and a memoir, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his poetry including the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Excellence. His latest book Just Looking is a collection of Peter’s poems about paintings and the visual image, drawn together for his 85th birthday.
Musician: Permission to Speak, comprised of musicians Jono and Sam, are almost regulars now at Poetry Live, their unique blues/ rock/ contemporary folk/ alternative sound uses a healthy mix of influences to produce untamed sounds that always go down a treat.