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Ian Wedde is the 2011-2013 Poet Laureate for New Zealand. | 09-Aug-11

Ian Wedde was announced as the 2011-2013 Poet Laureate for New Zealand.

On August 6 Ian Wedde was awarded the two-year of New Zealand Poet Laureate, taking over the role from poet Cilla McQueen.

Dominion Post

To read Robyn Marsack introducing Ian Wedde on the Scottish Poetry website

Ian Wedde

A poet, novelist and critic.  Born in 1946. His work as an art critic in particular led him to curate several key exhibitions and work as the head of art and visual culture at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) from 1994 until 2004.
His poems appear in numerous journals and anthologies, and in 14 poetry collections. He has written five novels and two books of essays. He co-edited the 1985 Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse with Harvey McQueen.  He was awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2006.  He was made Poet Laureate in August this year.
To read more: New Zealand Book Council

There have been eight Laureates since the inception of the award in 1996:

Bill Manhire
Hone Tuwhare
Elizabeth Smither
Brian Turner
Jenny Bornholdt
Michele Leggott
Cilla McQueen

To read more, see the NZ Poet Laureate site

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