By Birdlight

Sue Wootton


By Birdlight is the third outstanding collection of poetry from award-winning poet and fiction writer Sue Wootton.

“… a collection of poems remarkable for their inventiveness, grace and range of reference”
— Fiona Farrell, NZ Listener (online), December 2011

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“Travellers report that there is a bird in America whose body is so luminous that we may read by the light it emits” — Gentlemen’s Magazine (1747)

How far would you travel to find that bird? What would you do if you found it? If you got lost, would you know your way home? Would you retrace your steps, or forge ahead and build anew, by birdlight?

Here are poems about hope, endeavour, invention, migration, conflict, upheaval, loss, findings, change and courage.

About the author

Sue was awarded a New Zealand Society of Authors mentorship in 2003 and shortlisted for the Lillian Ida Smith award. After being published widely in newspapers, journals and anthologies (including Best NZ Poems 2004) her first book of poetry, Hourglass, was published in 2005. Some of her work has been translated into Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Sue has won numerous poetry and short story prizes (including the 2010 Takahe international poetry competition and the 2015 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize), and in 2008 she was the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University. In 2010 she was an invited poet at the VI Festival International de Poesia in Nicaragua, and in 2012 she was an invited poet at the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival in Vietnam.


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Dimensions 200 × 210 mm