Praise for local poet continues
Local poet Tim Upperton has made the shortlist of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Long-listed with nine other poetry collections in December last year for his book The Night We Ate The Baby, published locally by Haunui Press, the Massey PhD student now faces three others in the poetry category for the prestigious awards.
The national poetry section prize is $10,000.
Category convenor, Elizabeth Caffin describes Tim’s work as ‘‘original and distinctive’’.
‘‘Tim Upperton writes poems that annoy, provoke and make you laugh out loud. His male take on domestic life puts paid to sentimentality (though not to love) and his scenes of relationships on the brink between fulfilment and disaster are brilliantly drawn.
‘‘In poems like A nice day and Take care he can skewer the cliche´s of the casual conversation with an unerring touch. Lively, irreverent and great fun.’’
The Night We Ate the Baby was the first in the Haunui Press Kete Series, published alongside collections by Massey’s Leonel Alverado and the late Joy Green.
The other three poetry finalists are: How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes by Chris Tse (Auckland University Press), Song of the Ghost in the Machine by Roger Horrocks (Victoria University Press) and The Conch Trumpet by David Eggleton (Otago University Press).
‘‘Upperton writes poems that annoy, provoke and make you laugh out loud. ’’ Elizabeth Caffin
Another category finalist with city connections is Bronwyn Labrum. A finalist in the Illustrated Non-Fiction category for her work Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s, Bronwyn is a former associate professor at Massey University School of Design in Wellington, and is now Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures at Te Papa.
From Whanganui, Bronwyn is an alumni of Massey Palmerston North, and frequent visitor to the city.
Category convenor Jane Connor says her colourfully illustrated work celebrates: ‘‘Kiwi enthusiasms from lawn-mowing to instant puddings’’.
The category winners will be announced during the opening night of the Auckland Writers’ Festival on May 10.
Poet Tim Upperton continues gaining recognition for his most recent published work, The Night We Ate The Baby.