[Photograph: F. J. Neuman]
David Eggleton (b. 1952)
Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (2007):
Poem for the Unknown Tourist
Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):
1. A Pacific Islander Reflects in Cuba Street
4. Poem for the Unknown Tourist
5. Teen Angel
6. The Bush Paddock
8. Uruwhenua / Gateway to the Land
9. Deep South
New Zealand Performance Poet David Eggleton began reciting his poetry in the New Zealand rock music scene of the early eighties, and he has since toured on the cabaret circuit in Australia, the United States, Europe and Britain, where he won the London Time Out Street Entertainer of the Year Award for Poetry. These days he regularly performs his poetry in schools, universities, pubs, clubs and cafes all over New Zealand.
His first poetry collection, South Pacific Sunrise was co-winner of the PEN Best First Book of Poetry Award in 1987.
A 1996 video: For Arts Sake - Art and Politics - Performance Poet David Eggleton won First Prize for TV Arts Documentary in the Qantas Media Awards 1997.
His recordings include the CDs: Baxter (2000), 1 track; Seeing Voices (1999), 3 tracks; and Poetry Demon (1993), 17 tracks. He is has completed a new CD, Versifier (out on Yellow Eye Records, 2002) ; a 12 minute digital video of the poem "Teleprompter"; and a 5 minute video of the poem "The Cloud Forest".
He writes freelance arts criticism for magazines and newspapers (including Art New Zealand, Architecture New Zealand and Urbis), and has had an essay included in the award-winning book on Ralph Hotere: Black Light, as well having essays included in a number of other publications. He has won the Reviewer of the Year Award four times for his book reviews.
He has collaborated with photographer Craig Potton in the production of two New Zealand scenic books: an anthology of landscape writing - Here on Earth (1999) (finalist in the Montana Book Awards), and a sequence of essays entitled Seasons - the New Zealand Year (2001).
He is currently writing a series of books on New Zealand cultural history. The first one is: Ready to Fly - the Story of New Zealand Rock Music (2003).