Thursday May 25, 2017
Beat New Zealand Poets announced Local writers feature in the latest online edition of Best New Zealand Poems. The edition is now available and brought together 25 poems rich with place and vibrating with a fierce energy. Internationally acclaimed and Ockham New Zealand Book Award winners Brooklyn’s Ashleigh Young and Newtown’s Hera Lindsay Bird are among the poets who made the cut. The anthology has been published annually since 2001 by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University of Wellington with support from Creative New Zealand. “Best New Zealand Poems 2016 comes with a brand new look that includes author photos and a search feature,” series editor, poet and IIML senior lecturer Chris Price said. This year’s edition represents the cream of New Zealand poetry published in 2016, as selected by poet and Arts Foundation Laureate Jenny Bornholdt. Jenny said she picked poems that “made me pause and put a book or pile of paper down, made me want to go to the bakery and buy a cream torpedo then make coffee, or put my gumboots on and go and inspect the compost—the things I do when I need to think”. Place is a key theme in this year’s selection, and the poets often find themselves transported—in both senses of the word. For example 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize winner Ashleigh is galloped away screaming on a frightened horse in her poem. “The poems themselves are as fresh as this morning’s milk. There’s never been a better time to encounter new New Zealand poetry,” Chris said. Best New Zealand Poems 2016 can be viewed online at www.bestnewzealandpoems.co.nz.
Mt Vic grad wins bronze in China event
Sarah Browning won bronze at a national selection event for the 44th WorldSkills International. PHOTO: Supplied. By Emma McAuliffe
A graduate from Mount Victoria’s Yoobee is one step away from being selected for the 44th WorldSkills International event to be held in Abu Dhabi in October. Sarah Browning went to China in April to compete in the national selection event and won bronze. The competition tested information design with designing assets and an interface of a music app; advertising and display for an awareness campaign; plus group projects which meant overcoming language barriers
and communicating through design and an interpreter. Sarah said the experience was unlike anything else. “We got tested in time management and the things we had to do involved speed and accuracy in a short time frame and this would be with cameras pointing at you and people walking past. It was definitely a different sort of situation to go into and it really tested my focus,” she said. Sarah, who is now a graphic designer, said she was pleased with the bronze award and the opportunity she had to compete in a skills based field.
“I guess if you had asked me a couple of years ago if this was what I wanted to be doing I wouldn’t be so sure but getting the opportunity to do this and go to China is amazing. “Getting to represent New Zealand is really cool, especially in something I am passionate about,” she said. Since the event she has been spending 18 hours a week training in hopes of making it to the Worlds in October. “I’ve been taking up lots of training, going on different test projects, learning how to do things faster and faster. The faster you go the better it is,” she said.
Cook Strait News 25-05-17