NZ poet shares story of losing her sight

NZ poet shares story of losing her sight

Newsroom staff 

12 December 2013: New Zealand’s inaugural poet laureate Michele Leggott used storytelling to share how losing her sight has influenced her life and writing, at a conference hosted by the University of Canberra.

Professor Leggott combined slides and seven stories during her presentation last month at Creative Manoeuvres: the 18th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference. The presentation was delivered in darkness, which is an important part of the story.

Professor Leggott recently won the New Zealand 2013 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in poetry. She is also a professor of English at the University of Auckland, where she has established the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

Watch the presentation below: