Save the date 2021 Festival 21-31 October

Home-made Poetry Part 5


‘The feijoas are falling from the trees’ written by Louise Wallace, read by Fiona Boylan

The most recent poetry collection by Louise Wallace is Bad Things. She is the founder and editor of ‘Starling’, an online journal publishing creative work by New Zealand writers under 25 years of age. Louise lives in Dunedin with her husband and their young son. 'The feijoas are falling from the trees' was first published in 2013.

Moving to Katikati in 1996, Fiona Boylan and her husband Andrew purchased Tharfield Nursery the next year and in 2000 launched incredible edibles® with a wide range of fruiting plants from avocados, figs, guava, passionfruit to raspberries and blueberries. Living on the property next door to the nursery, Fiona has a large garden full of fruiting plants and finds working in it very therapeutic.

‘The feijoas are falling from the trees’ written by Louise Wallace, read by Fiona Boylan

‘In a Town Garden’, written by Jan Hutchison, read by Richard Hart


Jan Hutchison, a former longtime resident of Christchurch, lives in Auckland. Her fourth collection of poetry is ‘Kinds of Hunger’ (2017). She is a previous winner of the Takahē International Poetry Competition.

Richard Hart is a Mount Maunganui landscape architect. In 1999 he organised the Regional Parks Establishment Group which resulted in the Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park, the first regional park outside Auckland and Wellington. Richard is now trying to win for the community a large, destination park at the mouth of the Kaituna River. In 2017 he compiled the research done by the late Tauranga historian Alistair Matheson and published ‘Te Puke Flaxmills’, a history of the local industry.

‘In a Town Garden’, written by Jan Hutchison, read by Richard Hart