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Annaleese Jochems is the author of Baby, which won the Hubert Church Best First Book Award in 2018. She's very proud to work at Book Hound, a (newish) second-hand bookshop in Newtown.


Ben Fagan is a spoken word poet and producer from Te Matau-a-Māui & Te Whanganui-a-Tara. He has shared his work across the UK, USA and NZ, including writing and performing two poetry shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His debut collection Some Traveller was published in the UK in 2017, then in 2018 he co-founded Motif Poetry | Ruri Tūtohu, a kiwi poetry company. Ben previously worked for Apples and Snakes, England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation, and is part of the team behind the annual New Zealand Poetry Slam and the National Youth Drama School.

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Chris Tse is a writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of two collections of poetry published by Auckland University Press: How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (winner of the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and a finalist at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) and HE'S SO MASC. His work has recently appeared in Best New Zealand Poems 2018 and Queen Mob's Teahouse: Teh Book (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019). Chris is currently co-editing with Emma Barnes an anthology of contemporary LGBTQIA+ Aotearoa New Zealand writers to be published by Auckland University Press. Photo by Rebecca MacMillan.

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Sara Hirsch is a London-grown poet/educator currently based in Wellington. Her debut poetry collection Still Falling was published in 2016 with Burning Eye Books and she released her second collection Louder Than Words, with their imprint, BX3. Sara’s poetry has been published in four continents - in journals such as Poetry New Zealand, The Shanghai Literary Review and Magma and anthologies from The Emma Press, Spoken Word London and Platypus Press and her work has appeared on the BBC. She is a TEDx speaker, ranked third in the world poetry slam championships and is the co-founder of Motif Poetry.
@sarsbars89 @motifpoetry