Last week in Dunedin I took part in a poetry reading organised by a group of Dunedin poets known as the Octagon Collective at which I had the pleasure and privilege of reading a selection of poems by Janet Frame. Two poets who had both received Janet Frame Poetry Awards were also on the bill: Peter Olds and Rhian Gallagher. The poetry evening was in part a celebration both of Janet Frame's poetry and of her generosity in setting up an endowment fund to encourage the careers of promising and established New Zealand poets.
Congratulations are due to poet Rhian Gallagher whose second collection Shift (Auckland University Press 2011) has been named as one of three finalists in the poetry category at the NZ Post Book Awards 2012.
Rhian Gallagher received the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry in 2008 and the Frame trustees are proud and delighted to note the positive critical response to her latest book, the first book of poems that she has published in New Zealand.
Shift has been simultaneously published in the UK by Enitharmon Press which also published Rhian's first book Salt Water Creek.
Salt Water Creek was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a First Collection.