Description: Capturing the vivacity and diversity of the capital, this poetic portrait is a celebration of Wellington and the creative life it inspires. Beginning with the inner city and harbour, the 100 poems move into the suburbs and parks, before heading to outer areas - and into the twenty-first century. Major New Zealand poets, visitors from offshore and stimulating newer voices have all been moved to record their responses to the steep streets and myriad people, the food and political energy, the cable car and cenotaphs, the wharves and, of course, the big weather.
Author Biography: Gregory O'Brien is a Wellington-based writer, poet and artist. He is a prolific writer of non-fiction and poetry, and has co-edited a number of collections of poems, including An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, which won the 1997 Montana Book Award for Poetry. A painter and printmaker, Gregory has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows. Among a number of arts awards, in 2012 he was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Non-fiction) and was made an Arts Foundation Laureate in the same year. In 2013 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts. Louise St John lived in Wellington for twenty-five years. Publishing under the name Louise Lawrence White, she wrote poetry and worked as a freelance writer and editor. Her poetry was published in various journals and in the anthology Spectacular Babies (2001). Her editing work included the Penguin Book of New Zealand Letters. She died in 2009
Often referred to as the Head-Office of New Zealand, our capital seems to contain a higher per-capita of poets than elsewhere. This anthology celebrating Wellington’s creative life includes some of our finest writers and is the third anthology since 2001. Principally about landscape and all things local, if you have ever lived in our cool capital, you will know that the weather is often ‘big’. The sea can be wild and violent, clouds spectacular or threatening, hills are sculptured and sharp and the wind of course, lashes and pushes people around. Everybody’s here and even a few new voices. Great stuff for those of us who don’t live there but remember what it’s like.