'Letters to Young People' Launch Event at Unity Books in Wellington - 18 November at 5pm

An official launch event for Glenn's first self-published book, "Letters to Young People" at Unity Books in Wellington - come along!

Ara Taiohi 'Involve' National Youth Development Conference Mon 14th - Wed 16th August 2018

Glenn was asked to give one a keynote address at Ara Taiohi 'Involve' National Youth Development Conference. His was a unique blend candid insight, honest commentary, and poetry - in this case, personal letters he has written to some of the extraordinary young people he has gotten to know through his work as a youth worker and GP. Click on the image above to go to the video, and start watching from 28:28. 

Auckland Writers Festival, 16-21 May 2017

Glenn Colquhoun at AWF 2017


Schools Programme 

Accompanied by his foot-high totems of NZ historical figures, and inspired by the likes of Robbie Burns and Te Rauparaha, Glenn used song and poetry to explore our history with Years 7-10 and 9-13 students. You can see a video of one of his performances here.

Festival Gala Night - True Stories Told Live: The Heart Of The Matter

Glenn was part of a select lineup of the Festival's guest authors showcasing their story-telling chops, each delivering a seven-minute true story, propless and scriptless, inspired by the theme “The Heart of the Matter”. Check out the video here.

Matters Medical

What is it like to work in the medical profession where so much is often at stake? And what place does creative writing play in managing the weight of expectation and responsibility? Glenn, with doctor David Galler and physiotherapist Sue Wootton talked about life at the often fragile edge, in conversation with Leanne Pooley.

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, 9-14 May 2017

Glenn Colquhoun at DWRF 2017

Creative Writing Workshop: Glenn shared some of the skills he has developed in his own writing and give tips on how to get your poetry or prose walking off the page. Participants worked on a piece of their own creative writing, such as one or two poems or a short piece of prose.


Oral Poetry & Totems: Glenn took his foot- high totems of New Zealand historical figures with him to Dunedin and used them to explore Māori and Pākehā oral poetic forms, inspired by mōteatea and haka. In his words: “It’ll be like some sort of poetry Tupperware party".

Interview on Nine to Noon: People are medicine to people

Recently, Glenn was interviewed by Katherine Ryan, telling her of how he came to love medicine as an act of creativity, and looks at the challenges of the NZ health system. 

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Upcoming Events

Glenn regularly does readings and is involved in arts, writing and other cultural events both in New Zealand and overseas....

Upsurge Festival, Bay Of Islands

April 2 - 7, 2019 - Part of a six day festival of the arts around the Bay of Islands, Glenn shares an intimate hour of poetry and reflection in 'Homecoming', at No. 1 Parnell Gallery in Rawene:

Poetry On The Road, Bremen, Germany

31 May - 4 June, 2019

  • May 24-27, 2019 International Literature Festival in Bremen, Germany - Poetry on the Road - Find out more at their website

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