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Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children's writer. His first collection The art of walking upright won the Jessie Mackay best first book of poetry award at the 2000 Montana book awards. Playing God, his third collection, won the poetry section of the same awards in 2003 as well as the reader's choice award that year. He has written four children's books and published a book of essays entitled Jumping ship and other essays. He was awarded the Prize in modern letters in 2004 and a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard University in 2010. In 2012 he was part of the ‘Transit of Venus’ poetry exchange at the Frankfurt book fair and in 2014 represented New Zealand on the Commonwealth Poets United poetry project which celebrated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that year. Late love - sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients was published by BWB in 2016. He works as a GP in Horowhenua.
Sarah Penwarden will be speaking about how she uses poetry in counselling conversations with people who have lost a loved person to death. She will speak about how through poetry we know our stories matter, and that we are not alone. Sarah is a counsellor and is employed at Laidlaw College in the School of Social Practice.