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Peter Bland wins the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry | 27-Aug-11

New Zealand poet and actor Peter Bland wins the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in the Poetry category.

Peter Bland is a poet and actor, whose writing commits to an everyday sub-urban sense of reality, often exploiting the framework of the dramatic monologue. He has a distinguished place in New Zealand theatre history as co-founder of Downstage and its artistic director 1964-68.  He has worked as a stage and television actor and several of his own plays have been produced.  Bland has published a large selection of poetry volumes in New Zealand and the UK.  'Coming Ashore' (Steele Roberts, ISBN: 978-1877577499) is his most recent collection.  The Times Literary Supplement describes his poetry as 'vivid, witty, and original'.  Read more

Peter Bland was interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand, 27 August at 11.45.  To listen to the MP3 of this interview: 'Saturday Morning with Kim Hill - Poetry with Peter Bland'  

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