Central poets to join festival wordsmiths

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Two of Central Otago and the Queenstown Lakes district’s own will be adding their voices to the coming Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival.

Alexandra poet Michael Harlow and Lake Hawea poet Liz Breslin will both feature at the festival’s “Poetry at the Savoy” event next month.

Harlow is an award-winning writer who was named as last year’s recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry, and Breslin has just won a Unesco City of Literature residency in Krakow, Poland.

They will both read some of their latest work at the event, Harlow from his anthology The Moon in a Bowl of Water and Breslin from her Alzheimer’s and a Spoon.

Guest appearance . . . Hawea Flat poet Liz Breslin will also attend the festival. PHOTO: SUPPLIED (Via Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival). April 2019.

Poets Tayi Tibble, David Eggleton and Majella Cullinane will also be part of the Poetry at the Savoy evening.

More than 60 writers will feature at 36 events in the four-day festival, which is being held for the fourth time. The writers include eight overseas guests, including Australian novelist Markus Zusak, who wrote The Book Thief, and Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman.

For the programme of the May 9-12 festival, go to www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz/programme-2019.html.

“Poetry at the Savoy” will be held on May 9.