Christchurch poet Joanna Preston has recently launched her first collection. The first-ever winner of the University of Otago’s Kathleen Grattan award, Preston is an Australian living in New Zealand who describes herself as a “tasmanaut”.
Ahead of her performance with Frankie MacMillan at the Central Library on Friday, I spoke with her about daily visits to her bookcase, the vagaries of the writing process and why she calls Christchurch the Motown of New Zealand poetry. Read the interview.
The local scene is pretty healthy, she reckons. What do you think – is Christchurch a big player on the poetry scene? Does geography make a difference to the poetry? Or is poetry all a bit flaky for your tastes?
Have a read of the interview, then lob your comment like a poetic grenade!
Preston also has her own blog, A Dark Feathered Art.