The Te Aroha Library are celebrating the release of local poet Elizabeth Barton's latest book of poetry. Other local poets will also be meeting there to share and perform their own work. Aspiring poets and poetry enthusiasts are invited to drop by the library at 7pm on Wednesday November 11th to meet Elizabeth, share their poetry and mingle with other creative souls!
Elizabeth Barton is a full-time artist and printmaker with works in both private and public collections including Mobil and the V & A Museum, London. She is a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, a London based group for professional artists, and will soon have her very own art studio in Te Aroha, a dream that has inspired her since she was 24. With her art, poetry is a passion, with works published on Spillwords, Vita Brevis Literature, and The Failure Baler, the pamphlet featured.
The Failure Baler is the brainchild of a Sheffield editor, Kate Dowling, who has rebelled against the gatekeepers and intelligentsia prevalent in the literary sphere and conceived other ideas about rejection. Any poetry (or art) discarded elsewhere might find a home in her publications. At the last printing of Issue Three, she wryly stated that her 'failure' project was starting to become a success! For her, Top of the World, a poem about Whakapipi, has a sense of place that impressed her.
Elizabeth is the winner of the White Label Cinq Collection competition 2020 and will have a book of her poetry published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, a UK publisher, in 2021. The competition seeks to showcase new and upcoming poets. Hedgehog Poetry Press produces beautifully made books, and have become sought after as much as the poetry it promotes.
Having grown up in the Waikato, Elizabeth has made Te Aroha her home since returning from the UK where she lived for 30 years.