Noticing Peter Olds

27 September 2019 2:00pm — 6:00pm

No one or thing escapes our notice—
cats, trespassing children
unidentified lights
unclaimed mail.
—Peter Olds, from “Broken Houses” (2011)


Business School Lecture Room 1.19, University of Otago, Dunedin 


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. In this informal symposium, poets will talk about the importance of Olds’s poetry for their own writing, and scholars will place the work in a critical context.

Roger Hickin, “Out of the Jaws of Wesley”

Thomas McLean, “Walking Down Elder Street with Medical Students”
Donald Kerr, “Beatles, Bukowski, and Tea”
John Gibb, “Peter Olds and the Ability to Surprise”

3:30–4pm: coffee break

Peter Olds, reading (introduced by Jenny Powell)

Anna Jackson, “Things Noticed in the Poetry of Peter Olds”
Robyn Maree Pickens, “Peter Olds and the Mandrake”
Richard Reeve, “Peter: A Personal Appraisal”

David Eggleton, “Taking a Line for a Walk: The Poetry of Peter Olds”

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