This morning the Y10s were treated to a visit from Apriana Taylor. From the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature:
Taylor, Apirana (1955– ), of Te Whanau-a- Apanui, Ngati Porou and Taranaki descent, has published three collections of poetry, two collections of short stories and a novel. He also writes for children and for the theatre, acts, teaches drama and is a member of the Maori theatre group Te Ohu Whakaari.
Assembling in the hall, Taylor performed many of his works. One of the memorable parts of his presentation was when he shared this thought:
To be a poet you need to have a heart and love of words. Poets enjoy playing with words. It is not how many words you know, it is what you do with the words that you do know.
Some of his works are available online through his website and also the school library.