Liz Breslin

Hi, I’m Liz

In bed with the feminists is my second poem collection, published by Dead Bird Books in June 2021. You can buy it here. Poems from this collection won the Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems in 2020.

single stitched book cover art by Lucinda King

Nothing to see here is the webcam project I worked on for my virtual residency at the National Centre for Writing, Norwich, UK, in February 2021.

every day I’m buffering

In April 2020, I worked 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 October 2020 this project was showcased at the Québec en toutes lettres festival.

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.

My first collection of poems, Alzheimer’s and a Spoon, was published in 2017 (reprinted 2021) 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. 

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

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

I’m an excellent editor and enjoy working with other writers to make sure their words are the best it can be, whether they are future Ockham-winning books or small, personalised projects. 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