Noticing Peter Olds – a call for papers

30 August 2019

University of Otago, Dunedin, 2 – 5 pm, Friday 27 September 2019


No one or thing escapes our notice –

cats, trespassing children

unidentified lights

unclaimed mail.

   Peter Olds, from “Broken Houses” (2011)


Peter Olds’s writing has been important to poets and other readers of New Zealand poetry since the 1970s, bringing to the centre of attention the unidentified, unclaimed, the marginal, the dispossessed, the trespasser, but also the exuberant, the childish, the lively and the conversational.

This is a call to take part in a short, informal symposium on Olds’s poetry, with confirmed speakers including Ian Wedde, Roger Hickin, and Anna Jackson, and with Peter Olds reading some of his own work. Poets are invited to talk about the importance of Olds’s poetry for their own writing, and scholars to place the work in a critical context, in talks of about fifteen minutes. 

Expressions of interest and any questions should be addressed to

Jacob Edmond

Anna Jackson

or Jenny Powell

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30 August.

Photo credit: Reg Graham

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