Glenn Colquhoun

Glenn Colquhoun is a doctor, award-winning poet and captivating orator (and sometimes singer).

In 2003 he became the first poet to be awarded the Montana Readers' Choice Award with Playing God. 

Glenn's latest book, Late Love, tells about the coming together of his poetry and medicine.

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Festival sessions

First Love 

3-4pm, Saturday 7 July, Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley, $30 - Glenn Colquhoun in conversation with Jane Forrest Waghorn

Poetry is Glenn's first love - "the sort of love that poetry demands of those who write it". Hear him talk about and read from his poetry collections, including Playing God, based on Glenn's experiences in medical practice, and discuss his forays into Māori and Pākehā oral poetic forms.


Glenn Colquhoun and Selina Tusitala Marsh: A Common Love of Poetry 

8-9pm, Saturday 7 July, Boathouse Theatre, $20 - Selina Tusitala Marsh

Two charismatic award-winning poets share the stage to discuss their shared love of poetry. Hear Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun read their own work and share some of the stories behind the stanzas.

This session originally featured Tusiata Avia, who has been unable to attend. We are grateful to Glenn for stepping in.


The Magic Edge of Medicine 

12-1pm, Sunday 8 July, Cloudy Bay winery, Jacksons Road, $30 - Glenn Colquhoun in conversation with Rae Heta

For many years working as a GP was a frightening struggle for Glenn and writing poetry was a safe haven. Now, he sees creativity and beauty in his medical work all the time.

Glenn talks about his latest book, Late Love, and how poetry has magically influenced the way he practises medicine.