Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fawkes, Glenda

Glenda Fawkes (b. 1940)


Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):


1. Or the Wind Lie Down
2. Never Quite Seeing
3. Visiting The Sun
4. Beachcomber
5. This is my familiar
6. Always After Rain
7. Losing the Words
8. Entering Twilight
9. Wife to husband
10. Easier Than We Thought
11. Nameless
12. Flares Of Light
13. Hard Words
14. Upskill. Retrain
15. Singing Quietly
16. The Inheritors
17. Sifting Sunlight
18. Wearing Your Name

Bio / Bibliography:

Born in Te Awamutu in 1940 Glenda’s love of language lead to the winning of the Te Aroha College Essay and Oratory Prizes between 1953 and 1957. Her poetry was published in the school and later the Ardmore Training College magazines. Further education took place at Auckland University, before teaching jobs and overseas travel lead to marriage and a family.
A spinal injury in 1981 has limited her activity since but she was able to participate and enjoy Victoria University’s Creative Writing workshops with Greg O’Brien and Brett Southgate.
Glenda lives in Otaki as a do-it yourself-er, gardener and driftwood sculptor.


Glenda’s affection for nature’s smallest perfections and her concern for our planet is obvious in many of her poems.
She was first published in the School Journal in 1985 and since then had had poetry in a number of literary magazines and anthologies in NZ, Gt Britain, USA, Canada and Australia. Some have been translated into Arabic.
A Talent For Flight (Steele Roberts 1999) received favourable reviews apart from NZ Books where in spite of the number of prize winning poems it contained, the reviewer apparently found it necessary to trash the collection. Few poems have been offered for publication since.
Glenda won the Kapiti Art Awards prize for literature in 2001.

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