Remembering England

Remembering England

By Peter Bland

Price: £9.00

ISBN: 978 1 907356 95 7

Peter Bland was born in Yorkshire in 1934 and emigrated to New Zealand in the early 50’s, where he became well known as both a poet and actor. He was a co-founder of Wellington’s Downstage Theatre and its artistic director from 1964 to 1968. Since the 1970’s he has divided his time between New Zealand and the UK, where he worked in the West-End theatre and was a regular contributor and critic for Alan Ross’s London Magazine. He has received numerous international awards for his poetry, including a Cholmondeley Award, a Melbourne Festival Literary Award and in New Zealand the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Excellence. He lives in Auckland.

“Vivid and witty. His impulse has been to continually celebrate the displaced and unremarkable.” – Conor O’Callaghan, Times Literary Supplement

“An unnerving sense of the world out of kilter always distinguishes his voice and reveals a considerable comic gift.” – Christopher Hope, London Magazine

“A considerable talent. His poems are observant, intelligent, quirkily individual.” – Julian Symons, The Sunday Times

“Poetry of memorable intimacy.” – Michael Duggan, PN Review

“His writing has great graphic energy and a carefully mixed vernacular of deceptive skill and power.” – Kevin Ireland, The Listener

“The essence of Bland’s poetry is the way a contemporary voice and a modern concern with the itinerant mind are clearly communicated.” – Bernard Gadd, World Literature Today

Read the London Grip Poetry Review here.