Friday 24th August was Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018, a happy occasion which saw Unity Books besieged by poets and readers alike to celebrate the nation’s poetic pedigree. The newly reissued Big Weather: Poems of Wellington was the dish of the day, with a star studded line up of NZ poets in store to read their own poems and their favourite contributions from their fellow poets. Lauded poet Bill Manhire and original publisher of the book Ann Mallinson were on hand to speak about the book and introduce the poets.
The event was crowned by the announcement of the winner of the National Schools Poetry Award 2018. The talented recipient of this year’s award, Ilena Shadbolt, joined the roster of poets to recite her winning poem Vignettes.