Meet our March writer: Zarah Butcher McGunnigle
When: Tues 29 March, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Where: Online – click the Zoom link below.
Join author Zarah Butcher McGunnigle in discussion about her work as an emerging writer experimenting with form. Zarah will read an excerpt from one of her works followed by Q&A and an opportunity for participants to discuss thoughts from shared reading.
Zarah is a writer from Auckland. She is the author of Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life (Giramondo Publishing, 2021) and Autobiography of a Marguerite (Hue & Cry Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in publications such as Cordite, Fanzine, and Best NZ Poems. Zarah was the recipient of an Emerging Writers Residency at the Michael King Writer’s Centre in 2021 where she worked on a series of prose poems.
‘Inside my pulse I am making lanterns.’ (Page 83)
In this profound, book-length poem, Zarah Butcher- McGunnigle undoes the self right back to the nucleus and explores an extraordinary event in her life: an anonymous illness that swamps her and the lives of her ill-at-ease family. A mother who is lean with her cooking, a philandering father, and a narrator with ever swelling wrists and limbs. Butcher-McGunnigle’s poetry evokes Anne Carson and Thalia Field. It is original, startling writing.