David Eggleton

ANZL Member

David Eggleton who is of Rotuman, Tongan and Palagi ancestry, grew up in Fiji and South Auckland and now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand/Aotearoa. He is a poet, art critic, writer, editor and freelance journalist. His work investigates ideas of contemporary popular culture versus ‘highbrow’, blending the literary and vernacular with energy and vigour.

David has had seven books of poems and a book of short fiction published, as well as a number of works of non-fiction. His first collection of poems was co-winner of the PEN New Zealand Best First Book of Poems Award (1987). He was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship (1990), won a substantial Copyright Licensing Ltd (CLL) Writers’ Award (2004), and was a finalist in the lifestyle and contemporary culture category at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. His poetry and short stories appear in a wide range of recent anthologies. David has also won Reviewer of the Year Award six times at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, most recently in 2009.

Well-known as a performance poet, David has released several poetry recordings featuring his collaborations with musicians and been involved in poetry text collaborations with practitioners of a variety of other art forms, from sculpture to fashion design. In addition, he has produced short films and documentaries.

David is the current Editor of Landfall, New Zealand’s pre-eminent journal of arts and letters. His latest collection, The Conch Trumpet, was published in 2015 by Otago University Press.

A new collection of poems is forthcoming from Otago University Press in 2017.

 

Links

New Zealand Book Council profile page

Otago University Press author page

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: New Zealand Poetry: Diversity Since 1985: David Eggleton

The Poetry Archive poet page

Editor at Landfall Review Online, University of Otago, Dunedin

Cultural Icons video interview conducted by Graeme Lay (Aug, 2016)

Jacket2 article about South Island poets (Sept, 2015)

NZ Poetry Shelf interview (March, 2015)

NZ Poetry Shelf review of The Conch Trumpet (Jan, 2015)

Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand on Best American Poetry website (Aug, 2014)

Oamaru Public Library poetry reading review (Aug, 2015)

Bibliography: David Eggleton

 

Poetry

The Conch Trumpet (Otago UP, 2015)

Time of the Icebergs (Otago UP, 2010)

Fast Talker (Auckland UP, 2006)

Rhyming Planet  (Steele Roberts, 2001)

Empty Orchestra (Auckland UP, 1995)

People of the Land (Penguin, 1988)

South Pacific Sunrise (Penguin, 1986)

 

Fiction

After Tokyo (Short fiction: Earl of Seacliff/Brick Row, 1987)

 

Creative Nonfiction

Seasons: Four Essays on the New Zealand Year (Craig Potton Publishing, 2001)

Here on Earth: The Landscape in New Zealand Literature (Extended essay with selected text by NZ writers: Craig Potton Publishing, 1999)

'The value of literature is it resists type. It celebrates people as individuals.' - Lloyd Jones

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