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Noticing Peter Olds: A symposium on the Dunedin poet

Peter Olds image
Dunedin writer and former Burns Fellow Peter Olds

No one or thing escapes our notice –
cats, trespassing children
unidentified lights
unclaimed mail.

Peter Olds, from “Broken Houses” (2011)

Peter Olds’ writing has been important to poets and other readers of New Zealand poetry since the 1970s, bringing to the centre of attention the unidentified, unclaimed, the marginal, the dispossessed, the trespasser, but also the exuberant, the childish, the lively and the conversational.

This informal symposium on Olds’ poetry will feature eminent New Zealand writers and scholars, including David Eggleton, Roger Hickin, and Anna Jackson, and Peter Olds himself reading some of his own work. Poets will talk about the importance of Olds’ poetry for their own writing, and scholars will place the work in a critical context.

Symposium Schedule

2–2:30pm
Roger Hickin, “Out of the Jaws of Wesley"

2:30–3:30pm
Thomas McLean, ‘Walking Down Elder Street with Medical Students”
Donald Kerr, “Beatles, Bukowski, and Tea”
John Gibb, “Peter Olds and the Ability to Surprise.”

3:30–4pm: coffee break

4–4:30pm
Peter Olds, reading
Introduced by Jenny Powell

4:30–5:30pm
Anna Jackson, "Things noticed in the poetry of Peter Olds"
Robyn Maree Pickens, "Peter Olds and the mandrake"
Richard Reeve, “Peter: A personal appraisal”

5:30–6pm
David Eggleton, “Taking A Line For A Walk: The Poetry of Peter Olds”

This symposium has been jointly organized by Jacob Edmond (University of Otago), Anna Jackson (Victoria University), and Jenny Powell.

Date Friday, 27 September 2019
Time 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Symposium
CampusDunedin
DepartmentEnglish and Linguistics
LocationOBS119 – Otago Business School Lecture Room 1.19
CostFree and open to the public
Contact NameJacob Edmond
Contact Phone+ 64 21 566 397
Contact Emailjacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz

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