Bill Manhire

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Professor Bill Manhire CNZM, (born in Invercargill in 1946) is an award-winning New Zealand poet and short story writer.

His work has won the New Zealand Book Awards poetry prize five times, in 1978, 1985, 1992,1996 and his most recent work "Lifted" received the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Poetry Prize.

Manhire has been a strong promoter of local poetry and other writing, acting as editor of several compilations of New Zealand short stories, most notably Some Other Country (1984) and Six by Six (1989). His collection of New Zealand poetry, 100 New Zealand Poems (1993), proved particularly popular, and was subsequently expanded to become 121 New Zealand Poems (2005). He also helped start the Best New Zealand Poems series, which began selecting poems in 2001.

For the 25th anniversary of the Erebus air disaster, Manhire wrote the poem "Erebus Voices", which was read by Sir Edmund Hillary at the commemorative service at Scott Base, Antarctica.

Bill Manhire currently lectures in English and creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington, where he is also the director of the International Institute of Modern Letters. Some of the work of his former students was published in the volume Mutes and Earthquakes in 1997.


  • 1 Poetry
  • 2 See also
  • 3 External links
  • 4 References


  • Malady (1970)
  • The Elaboration (1972)
  • Song Cycle (1975)
  • How to Take Off Your Clothes at the Picnic (1977)
  • Dawn/Water (1979)
  • Good Looks (1982)
  • Locating the Beloved and Other Stories (1983)
  • Zoetropes: Poems 1972-82 (1984)
  • The Old Man's Example (1990)
  • Milky Way Bar (1991)
  • My Sunshine (1996)
  • Sheet Music: Poems 1967-1982 (1996)
  • What to Call Your Child (1999)
  • Collected Poems (2001)
  • Lifted (2005)

See also

  • New Zealand literature
  • International Institute of Modern Letters — creative writing
  • Reading of "Hotel Emergencies"
  • References
    • New Zealand Book Council profile
    • Biography on Arts Foundation of New Zealand site
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