Gregory O'Brien, born in Matamata, is a Wellington-based poet, essayist, painter and art curator. He has edited numerous anthologies and art catalogues, and written extensively about New Zealand culture.
Bob Orr was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and brought up on farms in the Waikato. He has been writing poems since he was 12, when he found 'that words and their arrangement, actual and possible, were a game unlike any other.'
Alan Riach is Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, a leading figure in the study of twentieth century Scottish poetry, and is himself the author of six collections of poetry.
Anne Shivas is a Scottish poet, educator and teacher of the Alexander Technique, who currently divides her time between North Berwick and Norwich, Vermont.
Born in New Zealand, Sydney Goodsir Smith nevertheless became one of the most interesting of poets writing in Scots in the mid twentieth century.
Christian Karlson Stead, ONZ, CBE, is a New Zealand writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism.
Mark Thomas was a prize winner in the 2020 Federation of Writers poetry competition.
Brian Turner is a poet, editor, essayist and environmental activist. He was the fourth Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate 2003-2005.
Ian Wedde was born in Blenheim and now lives in Auckland. He is the Poet Laureate for New Zealand 2011-13. His 14th poetry collection, Good Business, was published by Auckland University Press in 2009.
The new collection from Edinburgh poet Lynn Davidson, spanning Scotland and New Zealand, the luminous and the banal, the strange and the familiar.
Next Friday, on Burns Night, we will launch a new online anthology, available to read on our website for free: The Best of the Best Scottish Poems. What’s more, it has been edited by journalist and broadcaster James Naughtie
No matter how swift Usain Bolt was on the track, he can’t compete with time itself. Is it really four years since Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games? Four years since the dancing teacakes of the opening ceremony?