It’s Poetry Day! So I had a chat with Bill Manhire. We had in fact planned this for last year’s Poetry Day but I dropped the ball I guess, got behind, I can’t quite remember…but I do know I’ve wanted to talk to Bill for this podcast since I started talking to people for this podcast.
I met Mr. Manhire many years ago – I was a nervous, earnest young interviewer. I loved his work – both his own poetry and the teachings published in occasional Not Quite How-To guides that featured exercises and examples from the Creative Writing Classes at the IIML. He was the teacher there for many years. Retired from that now he is back to his own work – including a long-running collaboration with Norman Meehan (a previous podcast guest, so if you missed that at the time click here for more discussion around Bill’s contributions to those projects).
Manhire performed poetry and published across the 1970s, 80s and 90s – he has been a teacher for many years, a lecturer, a guiding hand and spirit in so many ways.
So it was great to be able to talk around so many of those things – including his trip to Antarctica. We go deep here with stories of his South Island upbringing, his time in England and the now 40-years-and-counting stopover in Wellington…
Bill reads some of his work along the way.
It was a great honour to have Bill Manhire over to the house to talk about his life and work. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. And of course I hope you do too.