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Paula Green
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Paula Green is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded poets, having published a number of poetry collections of her own for both adults and children and edited several anthologies. With Harry Ricketts she wrote the critically acclaimed 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (2010), which was shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards 2011. She lives in west Auckland with her husband, the painter Michael Hight, and two daughters.

The Otago Daily Times wrote of her poetry collection The Baker's Thumbprint, 'There is a glowing, throbbing beauty in this one. This little book seems to pulse with warmth and sense of calm, comfort and joy. Green this time around has blown open the doors and taken an endless rainbow of excitement and imagination. All the way through you think, "Wow, wonder what's coming next?" Green once said "There is a magical reaction between something I see, hear, experience, feel or remember and the words in my head. In that magical moment, I find the seeds of a poem. And it is of course completely unpredictable." The Baker's Thumbprint is neat.

Paula’s most recent book, Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry (Massey University Press, 2020) was shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2021). Her recent poetry collections include Groovy Fishand other poems (The Cuba Press, 2020) and The Track (Seraph Press, 2020). Sue Wootton writes in Corpus review: "The Track is a powerful, empowering and deeply affecting collection.”

Books by Paula Green

Roar Squeak Purr

A marvellous menagerie of animal poems for children by New Zealand's best writers - some of them children - selected by star New Zealand poet Paula Green and adorably illustrated by Jenny Cooper.

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Little Tales of Hedgehog and Goat

A charming illustrated chapter book for children six years and up about friendship and finding the magic in the everyday.

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The Terrible Night

Imaginative story about a creative cat and teacher and their adventures with words.

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