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Poetry Archive opens in New Zealand | 08-Jul-10

Poetry Archive opens in New Zealand
At the official opening on 25 July poet and scholar Nelson Wattie will be launching two new books: The Pop Artist's Garland: Selected Poems 1952-2009 by F. W. N. Wright and Rail Poems of NZ Aotearoa, edited by Mark Pirie and including poetry by Fleur Adcock.


PANZA is an original idea developed by Paekakariki poet/publisher/bookseller Michael O'Leary in 1999. The collection has been in progress for the last ten years and a considerable archive has been collected in that time. Around 3,000 titles are in PANZA's online catalogue. Depositors to the Archive include Niel Wright (Original Books), Mark Pirie (HeadworX Publishers), poet/anthologist Harvey McQueen, Helen Rickerby (Seraph Press), poet John Ellis (New Plymouth), Roger Steele (Steele Roberts) and Michael O'Leary (Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop).

The Poetry Archive is situated in a brand new weatherproof garage in Northland, Wellington. It has a seating capacity of 12 people, and is suitable for use by small tutorial groups.
A reader's table, paper, pencils, and comfortable reading chairs are provided for those wishing to read material during their visit to the Archive.

A 'wall of fame' surrounds the Archive's collection of New Zealand poetry. Many well-known New Zealand poets such as Hone Tuwhare, Bill Manhire, Janet Frame, Katherine Mansfield, James K. Baxter, Glenn Colquhoun, Martyn Sanderson, Louis Johnson, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Meg Campbell, L E Scott, Ruth Gilbert, Harry Ricketts and Richard Von Sturmer are represented on its walls. The wall will continue to be added to in the future.
A visitors' book is also kept for visitors to sign.

PANZA contains
A unique archive of New Zealand published poetry, with around 3,000 titles from the 19th century to the present day.
The archive also contains photos and paintings of New Zealand poets, publishers' catalogues, poetry ephemera, posters, reproductions of book covers and other memorabilia related to New Zealand poetry and poetry performance.
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