Save the date 2021 Festival 21-31 October


E noho i te hāneaneatanga o tō kainga – enjoy the comforts of home! Home-made Poetry

‘The word as a means of communication’, written by Glenn Colquhoun, read by Siouxsie Wiles

Glenn Colquhoun is a GP, poet and children's writer. His debut poetry collection, ‘The Art of Walking Upright’, won Best First Book of Poetry at the 2000 New Zealand Book Awards. In 2003 he won the Poetry Category and became the first poet to win the Readers' Choice Award. His most recent work is the BWB Text ‘Late Love: Sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients’ (2017). Visit Glenn’s website. And come back on Wednesday (April 15) to hear Glenn in conversation with Dr David Galler at Escape! 2018.


Siouxsie Wiles, who won the Prime Minister’s Award for Science Communication in 2013, heads up Auckland University’s Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab and is currently kept very busy as a media spokesperson about the science of Covid-19. In 2017 she published her first book ‘Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine?’ (BWB Text) and recently collaborated with her daughter to make a kid’s show about microbiology. In 2019 she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Siouxsie was a guest at Escape! 2018.


Dr Siouxsie Wiles - The word as a means of communication By Glenn Colquhoun

Kiwitahi Way, written by Bob Orr, read by Bob Smith


Bob Orr was born near Morrinsville and spent 35 years working on the water, most recently driving a pilot boat for Ports of Auckland. He has published nine collections, the most recent in 2018 which was the result of spending the previous year as the Waikato University writer-in-residence. He now lives on the Thames Coast. See more of Bob’s work here, and hear him reading some of his own work.

Bob Smith, a TVNZ news producer for 30 years, retired to Mount Maunganui 10 years ago. He is a chess player of 57 years’ standing who has been New Zealand champion twice and represented New Zealand 12 times at the Chess Olympics. Bob organised the 2020 NZ Chess Championships, held in Tauranga in January. He is married to Viv Smith, a World Chess Federation Women’s Master, and together they manage the daytime Mount Chess Club. Bob and Viv are also keen badminton players.

Kiwitahi Way By Bob Orr