Poet leaves the sea for univer­sity

Hamilton Metro News - - Education -

For the first time in his work­ing life, poet Bob Orr (pic­tured) is get­ting to write full- time.

Orr has pi­loted boats in the Hau­raki Gulf for more than 35 years, but this year he was awarded the Univer­sity of Waikato Writer in Res­i­dence and will base him­self at the Hamil­ton cam­pus for the next 12 months.

Orr grew up in the small Waikato town Hoe-o-Tainui and went to school in Hamil­ton. He says he was keen to re­turn to the re­gion, do some ex­plor­ing, im­merse him­self in the his­tory of the place and work on his ninth col­lec­tion. Last year Orr won the Lau­ris Ed­mond Memo­rial Award for Poetry, a prize given bi­en­ni­ally in recog­ni­tion of a dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tion to New Zealand poetry.

Poet Bob Orr, the Univer­sity of Waikato Writer in Res­i­dence, will be based at the Hamil­ton cam­pus for the next 12 months.

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