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Mark Pirie and Tim Jones publish Star Words

In December, a new anthology of Science Fiction and speculative poetry, Star Words, compiled by Tim Jones and myself featured in the relaunched ESAW mini series.

We compiled the A6 booklet anthology from poems read on 30 October 2019 at the 10th anniversary reading for Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, winner of the Vogel Award for Best Collected Work 2009. Tim Jones and I co-edited Voyagers together. The event was held at Vic Books, Lambton Quay.

Contributors to Star Words include Janis Freegard, Tim Jones, Harvey Molloy, Vivienne Plumb, Nick Ascroft, Margaret Jeune, Tabatha Wood, Tony Hopkins,  Michael O’Leary and myself.

We have dedicated the booklet to the memory of  B. E. Turner, technical editor of the ESAW Mini Series, d. October 2019.

Here's the link to the publisher's blog:

Tim Jones interviews Mark Pirie

Last month, Wellington writer and editor Tim Jones interviewed me for his blog Books in the Trees (27 April 2012).

The interview gives a very good overview of my work in the past two years particularly with my research into forgotten or neglected New Zealand poets and poetry. It also discusses the cricket poetry anthology A Tingling Catch and my poetry writing.

You can read the full interview at:

Tim also published my poem on The White Stripes as his Tuesday Poem selection that week.