Cre­ative com­mu­nity of­fers an ode to Joy

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Tributes flowed for arts doyen Joy Green, who died sud­denly last Thurs­day night. Joy’s per­son­al­ity, in­tel­lect, gen­eros­ity, energy and range of in­ter­ests at­tracted eu­lo­gies from Palmer­ston North mayor Grant Smith, fel­low aca­demics, po­ets, mu­si­cians, theatre prac­ti­tion­ers and on-line gamers.

Joy, 51, an ad­ju­di­ca­tor at the Stu­dent City Arts & Cul­tural Awards, col­lapsed and died dur­ing the event at The Chalet.

‘‘She was one of the driv­ers of the arts com­mu­nity in Palmer­ston North and will be greatly missed,’’ mayor Grant says.

A Massey Univer­sity Mas­ters grad­u­ate, the se­nior tu­tor for the univer­sity’s School of English and Media Stud­ies was plan­ning a PhD.

The writer and poet was also a Globe Award-win­ning theatre di­rec­tor and pro­ducer for her own Prop­erJob Pro­duc­tions. Antony and Cleopa­tra her latest pro­duc­tion was per­formed at Te Manawa. Joy pro­duced five plays for Sum­mer Shake­speare, di­rected per­for­mance po­etry for Massey’s Fes­ti­val of New Arts, and was in­volved with the Massey Univer­sity Drama So­ci­ety.

She helped men­tor many young writ­ing and per­form­ing tal­ents, also re­view­ing plays for The Tri­bune and for Theatre­view.

Ap­pointed 2016 Sum­mer Shake­speare di­rec­tor for a pro­duc­tion of The Merry Wives of Wind­sor, she was em­bark­ing on a pro­duc­tion of Fiona Sa­muel’s play Lash­ings of Whipped Cream.

Joy pub­lished po­etry and short fic­tion since the early 1990s, com­plet­ing her Mas­ters in off- page po­etry forms, a pro­ject that in­cor­po­rated Anatomy, a mul­ti­me­dia po­etry in­stal­la­tion in Square Edge. Those po­ems were in­cluded in her de­but po­etry col­lec­tion Sur­face Ten­sion pub­lished in Au­gust 2014 by the city’s Hau Nui Press, with Manawatu Awak­en­ing dis­played on Ge­orge St.

A con­trib­u­tor to catch and re­lease: Po­ems from Manawatu, a vol­ume of e-po­etry pub­lished last month by Palmer­ston North City Li­brary, Joy took part in Po­ets un­der Pres­sure, a re­sponse to Na­tional Ge­o­graphic’s 50 Great­est Pho­to­graphs ex­hi­bi­tion at Te Manawa for Na­tional Po­etry Day.

Born Joy Whit­field, she grew up in Trow­bridge, Wilt­shire, and met hus­band Nic at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter. They mar­ried in 1986 and em­i­grated to Palmer­ston North in 1994. They have a daugh­ter, Me­gan and two grand­sons. Joy’s fu­neral will be at Ly­ch­gate on Roy St on Fri­day at 1pm.

Writer, poet, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and teacher, Joy Green reads from her po­etry col­lec­tion, Sur­face Ten­sion dur­ing the Hau Nui Press book launch at City Li­brary last year. Her loss to Manawatu’s arts com­mu­nity is im­mea­sur­able.

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