Bill Manhire was born in 1946 and grew up in small hotels in Otago and Southland. He was the founding director of the IIML, which is home to Victoria University’s well-known creative writing programme. His first book, The Elaboration, with illustrations by Ralph Hotere, was published in 1972. His latest volume of poetry, Wow, has just appeared from Victoria University Press in New Zealand and Carcanet in the UK. He has received a number of literary awards, including the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton, in 1994.
Events at Word
REMEMBERING RALPH HOTERESunday, 1 November 3:00 pm
Vincent O'Sullivan, Ralph Hotere's biographer, is joined by Bill Manhire, Cilla McQueen and Lisa Reihana to discuss the life and work of one of our greatest artists.
DEAR KATHERINESunday, 1 November 5:00 pm
We celebrate 50 years of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship by inviting five fellows to write a letter to Mansfield. With Paula Morris, Vincent O’Sullivan, Bill Manhire, Carl Nixon and Fiona Farrell.