12th July 2018 –
Victoria University Press and Unity Books came together on Thursday 12th July to launch books from two of the Wellington publisher’s most exciting new talents, poets Tayi Tibble and Sam Duckor-Jones. Fergus Barrowman of VUP was joined by editor Ashleigh Young in introducing the poets, who Young (author of celebrated essay collection Can You Tolerate This?) noted, in a break with usual practice, were both courted with publishing deals by VUP. Young gave a glowing endorsement of both writers, talking about some of the unique characteristics she enjoys in their work. On Tayi Tibble’s poems, Young talked about the focus on everyday objects as memorial touchstones and signifiers of experience and emotion, a technique which rang true in Tibble’s reading of a poem about her mother. On Sam Duckor-Jones’ work Young noted the preponderance of ‘good yarns’ and went on to praise his ability to challenge traditional notions of masculinity without making his poems into overt statement pieces, more so she said, his work celebrates freedom.
Tayi and Sam both gave recitals of some of their favorite poems, receiving hearty applause from a packed shop floor, and the signing queue kept them both busy for some time.