Liz Breslin

Hi, I’m Liz

I write plays, stories, reviews, articles and a fortnightly column, thinking allowed,  for the Otago Daily Times.  My first collection of poems, Alzheimer’s and a Spoon, was published in 2017 and listed as one of the New Zealand Listener’s Top 100 Books. My poems are journalled in Landfall, Best New Zealand Poems, The Friday Poem, Café ReaderTakahēBravadoPoetry NZ Yearbook and other places in New Zealand and overseas. Recent performances include Verb Wellington’s Litcrawl, Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, WORD Christchurch, open mics in Vancouver, Krakow and Melbourne and a tour of bars, bookshops and a fairy-lit skatepark in BC, Canada. 

For April 2020, I’m working with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature on The Possibilities Project, collecting responses to Wisława Szymborska’s poem ‘Possibilities’ as a way of asking people to record what they prefer for themselves, and in the world.

In 2019 I spent two months in Krakow UNESCO City of Literature as a writer in residence – here’s me chatting about the trumpeter and mushrooms and more on Radio New Zealand.

I enjoy entertaining crowds of all ages and sizes and I mc for community and corporate events.

At the Drop of a Hat – poetry live and interactive, where the audience choose the themes – with collaborators Laura Williamson and Annabel Wilson

I’m an excellent editor and enjoy working with other writers to make sure their words are the best it can be. This, from a happy customer:

I also run workshops, creating a safe and engaging environment for people to play with their words.

For availability and rates, email me at