Vivienne Plumb

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Vivienne Plumb is a writer of Australian and New Zealand heritage, based in Wellington, she writes poetry, fiction and drama. She has been the recipient of many awards including the Bruce Mason Playwrighting Award, the Hubert Church Award (for fiction), first place in the N.Z. Poetry Society international competition, and a Sargeson Fellowship. More recently she was the 2014 Ursula Bethall writer-in-residence at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch; and has also been a resident writer in Sydney, Hong Kong, Nebraska, and on the University of Iowa’s International Writers’ Programme, U.S.A.

Her most recent publications include Twenty New Zealand Playwrights (non-fiction, N.Z., 2013), and The Glove Box (fiction, Sydney, 2014). A new compendium of her past-published most popular writing, accompanied by images from the Auckland artist Glenn Otto, is to be published during 2016.

Her poetry collections include Salamanca, Nefarious (poems and parables), Crumple, Scarab (a chapbook), and The Cheese and Onion Sandwich and Other New Zealand Icons (prose poems). Her work has been published in N.Z. and overseas and has been translated into Polish, Mandarin, Slovenian, German and Malaysian.

She also works teaching and mentoring creative writing students, and holds a Doctor of Creative Arts (Australia). She has acted as a judge for many N.Z. poetry competitions including for the N.Z. Poetry Society and for the annual N.Z. Flash Fiction competition.

Plate in the Mirror 2016 – poetry competition judge.


Lea Ruth Fernandez

Leah Ruth


29 years old going on 60. Single. Female. A nondescript brown Asian. Sprinkled with a weird sense of humor. Shows characteristics of Brachydactyly Type A2 with congenitally malformed fingers and a small body frame.

Nicked “LeaFruit” by friends, she is an asocial freak-of-nature with love for landscapes and quality-alone-time. She used to frequent music lounges, had an alcoholic life episode, an introvert mutant from the day she was born but passes for normal, ordinary and average. Through alter-egos named “Aelhtere” & “Bien,” she engages in word-plays and off-key crooning ambient in garage sounds, barking dogs, and highway traffic Doppler effects. Her poetry has been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.

Wes Lee

Wes Lee

Wes is a Wellingtonian poet. Her chapbook of short stories Cowboy Genes was published by Grist Books at the University of Huddersfield and launched at the Huddersfield Literature Festival in March 2014. She was the 2010 recipient of The BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award. Most recently she was selected as a finalist in the Troubadour Poetry Prize in London; shortlisted for The Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Prize in Ireland, and The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition 2014. Her poetry has recently appeared in Poetry London, Magma, Riptide, Westerly, The Stony Thursday Book, Going Down Swinging, Landfall, and Dazzled: The University of Canberra Vice- Chancellor’s Poetry Prize Anthology. Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.




Page 2 Stage Final Night

It has been an exciting year and a magical final night for Page2Stage 2014
some photos can be seen here
The judges panel had a very hard job selecting the best performance and …
the winner is : Hannah Rose Owen-Wright, a multitalented Kiwi artist that has won a trip to UK to  perform her spoken word  sponsored by NZ Societty UK and Apples and Snakes.
The whole crew of Page 2 Stage 2014 is preparing for the Auckland Fringe Festival 2015.

You do not want to miss this collaborative performance!

2014 Emerging Poets Competition

2014 Emerging Poets Competition – entry closing soon

Closing Date: 4 July 2014

Results will be distributed by email after National Poetry Day 2014, 22nd August 2014

Judged by poet Bob Orr

First Prize: $125 worth of Auckland University Press books

Second Prize: $75 worth of Auckland University Press books

Conditions of entry:

The competition is open only to Undergraduate (BA, Hons, BSc, BComm etc) and Masters attending The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology; and Graduates of these two universities who have achieved a BA, Hons, BSc, BComm, Masters or similar academic qualification.

Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it; entries must not have been previously published, or broadcast, and must not be submitted elsewhere for any competition, or for publication in any form, until after the announcement of the results of this competition.

Maximum length for each poem submitted is 50 lines.

Entrants may submit a maximum of 2 unpublished poems. Each poem must be named separately on the entry form below.

Entrants are asked to email their submission and completed application form in a single document – Word or .rtf format to Jane Sanders at

The entrant’s name or nom de plume must not appear on any of the submitted.

The winners are required to be available on the evening of 22nd August 2014 to read their poems at the Gus Fisher Art Gallery, Auckland CBD.

Worldwide copyright of entries will remain with the author.

The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

No entries will be returned.

Herewith a link to the Entry form for applicants:


Ika is MIT Faculty of Creative Arts’ literary/arts journal
editors Robt Sullivan & Anne Kennedy
calling for contributions: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, visual art and photography
electronic documents preferred
limit: 8 poems, 8 images,<7000 words of prose
inquiries welcome
deadline 1 may 2014

Page2Stage 2014 kicks off!

On February 20th, Page2Stage was launched at Q Theatre with the announcement of this year’s Mentors and Mentees. Competition was fierce, with over 30 high quality applications from experienced poets and performers. We extend our thanks to all those who applied for their interest in the programme, and we hope to see you at workshops and live poetry evenings throughout the year. The first in our series of events will be “The Art of Performance Poetry,” by Michael Botur:

Mentors and Mentees wanted for artist development programme


This exciting year-long artist development programme will provide a platform to inspire, educate, and encourage writers and spoken word artists to write and perform a solo performance piece. Talented artists will be partnered with experienced writers and performers as mentors, and you’ll be taught all the necessary tools to be able to create and present your own solo show and become a more professional arts practitioner.

 Are you an established writer, poet, spoken word artist; or maybe a recognised tutor, workshop leader, theatre practitioner or a well-known comedian, performance artist, dramatist, producer? Do you have skills necessary to inspire and guide a talented artist to the next stage of their career? Apply NOW for Page2Stage Mentor role

Are you a talented writer, poet, story-teller, spoken word artist? Are you dreaming of sharing some of your best work on stage? Apply NOW for Page2Stage 2004 Mentee

Poetry Competition Judges wanted


Calling on all experienced poets, writers, educators, editors, critics …

In 2014 Printable Reality, in association with “The New Zealand Poetry Society” and “Splice”, is presenting ‘Poems4Peace 2014’ – a literary project that will include a poetry competition, live poetry events, workshops and a publication.

We would like to offer the opportunity to two experienced judges to select the best poems from the entries. Successful candidates will be given further instruction and a week in March, to make their selections.

Please email a short bio by 15th January to: – by Wednesday 15th January 5pm – and tell us why would you make a perfect candidate for this role.

From the poet

Thanks, it was a very professional show.
I was sorry to have to leave early I could have happily seen the show again and this time I had intended to try and identify some of the poets quoted. Dinah Hawken, for instance, is a friend of mine and Glenn Colqhoun has read for us.
It was a nice thing to do – coming up and reading for you and I thought I’d like to be there to support a poetry activity and its organisers…
Yes I liked the interactive aspects on stage and felt it brought the poetry to life.
 I appreciated the simple dress on stage that didn’t distract from the words and congratulations to the performers who were loud and clear so nothing was missed. Such a lot of work all that learning of the poetry and not one hitch when I was there.
I certainly enjoyed it very much. I was made to feel very welcome and included and was so sorry I had to rush off on the Sunday night. The big earthquake had hit Wellington just before I got there and I knew quite a few things were broken at home (but I didn’t mind as no one was hurt neither people I knew nor people I didn’t know). I would have loved to have stayed on and met and talked to people but have had some email contact with some of them since which has been lovely. Congratulations is due to all involved such hard work behind the scenes.
Gill Ward

That was a brilliant opening night …

… for Printable Reality’s Aotearoa-Found in Translation. Poems, delivered by poets and a group of young actors, that seemlessly flowed together to unfold the stories of new immigrants to this land. It was a story of identity of peoples from different places living here. The main thing is to know who you are, where you came from (whakapapa) and be comfortable with yourself. Well done to everyone involved.

Miles Hughes