Sunday 11 July 2021 at Robert Harris Coastlands from 3 pm to 5 pm

Harry Ricketts will share a selection of poems from his new collection, Selected Poems (Victoria University Press) 

The talented Harry Ricketts

By Gill Ward

Harry Ricketts is a long-time supporter of our poetry gigs and always very much appreciated by the audience who enjoy his readings.

Harry has written and edited more than thirty books, but it is his poetry that has been the most constant, and the most personal in tone. From his 1989 collection Coming Here – in which he wrote the first of his ‘Secret Life’ poems – to his 2018 collection Winter Eyes, which reviewer Tim Upperton called ‘unsettling, moving, both estranging and empathetic’, Ricketts has written of friendship, youth, romance, loss, and the small moments that carry a lifelong weight, or light, within us. His voice is recognisable for its humility, intelligence and warmth. In Selected Poems, its full range is represented for the first time.

Selected Poems showcases the work of one of our beloved poets. His poetry embraces humour, the necessity of books and reading, the ability of poetry to dance from melancholy to exquisite sheen, from plain speech to elegant soundings, to the whip and caress of life. This is an anthology to treassure.’ —Paula Green, Kete Books

Be reasonable on the open mic

I am at pains to request that if you wish to share a poem at the open mic please come in time to get your name on the white board. It is really a pleasure that poets do this, but awful for me that I will have to close the board down so that there will be time for Harry’s poems. 

Also, not more than one page and we have a joke about that – “not one page of 8 point font size with no spacing”. A good try, but as mother teacher you will be sent to the back of the classroom.

I am so excited to welcome Harry and all of you back again. 

Affectionately, Gill Ward