Peter Bland


Peter Bland (given birth to 12 Might 1934 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire) is a British-New Zealand poet and acting professional.


He emigrated to New Zealand at age 20 and graduated through the Victoria College or university of Wellington.He worked being a radio manufacturer for the brand new Zealand Broadcasting Company.He became closely from the Wellington Group including Adam K. Baxter and Louis Johnson. He proved helpful in theatre, as co-founder and creative movie director of Downstage Theater from 1964–68.He returned to Britain in 1970.

Awards and honours

1977 Cholmondeley Award Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition, England 2011 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement



Name 3 poets: We. Habitual fevers, by Peter Bland. II. The watchers, by John Boyd. III. The sensual anchor, by Victor O'Leary. Capricorn Press. 1958.   My Part of the Tale: Poems 1960–1964. Partner Books. 1964.   Home Interiors. Wai-te-ata Press. 1964.   THE PERSON Using the Carpet-Bag. Caxton Press. 1972.   Mr. Maui. London Journal Editions. 1976.   Primitives. Wai-te-ata Press. 1979.   Rock Tents. London Journal Editions. 1981. ISBN 978-0-904388-40-4.   The Crusoe Element. London Journal Editions. 1985.   Selected Poems. McIndoe. 1987.   Paper Motorboats. J. McIndoe. 1991. ISBN 978-0-86868-130-6.   Selected Poems. Carcanet. 1998. ISBN 978-1-85754-357-5.   Let's Meet up with: poems 1985-2003. Steele Roberts. 2003. ISBN 978-1-877338-07-6.   Slots of Contact. Steele Roberts. 2003. ISBN 978-1-877338-04-5.   THE NIGHT TIME Kite: Poems for Kids. Illustrator Carl Bland. Mallinson Rendel. 2004. ISBN 978-0-908783-83-0.   Mr Maui's Monologues. Steele Roberts. 2008. ISBN 978-1-877448-27-0.   Reduction. Steele Roberts. 2010. ISBN 978-1-877448-97-3.   Starkey the Mild Pirate. Illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson. Steele Roberts. 2010. ISBN 978-1-877-577-03-1.   Arriving Ashore. Steele Roberts. 2011. ISBN 978-1-877577-49-9.   Collected Poems: 1956–2011. Steele Roberts. 2013. ISBN 978-1-877577-99-4.   Breathing Dances. Steele Roberts. 2013. ISBN 978-1-927242-11-7.   Hunting Elephants. Steele Roberts. 2014. ISBN 978-1-927242-53-7.  


Father’s Day time (Wellington, 1966; the first locally-written creation at Downstage Theater) George the Mad Advertisement Guy (Wellington, 1967, and Coventry, Britain, 1969).

Film Acting

Some the Additional (1970) Don't Just Lay There, State Something! (1973) Harmful Orphans (1985) Came a Warm Fri (1985) Queen Town Rocker (1986)


Sorry, Im a Stranger Right here Myself. Classic. 2004. ISBN 978-1-86941-632-4.  


Rereading a few of these poems after thirty years re-vealed they have been bivouacking in the backblocks of memory, prepared to return in the slightest prompting. One, "The Happy Military," developed a memorable mix when released in the NZ Listener. Critics hostile to modernist twentieth-century poetic advancements lambasted it as simple prose transfigured into verse-an unusual objection, since Bland creates quite traditional poetry. Certainly, the very substance of Bland's poetry may be the method a contemporary tone of voice and today's nervous about the itinerant brain never in the home actually in its previous are communicated in poetry which includes respect for stanza, rhyme by means of assonance and alliteration, and tempo which under no circumstances quite turns into metrical.