Kate Camp

Kate Camp is a poet, essayist and literary commentator who lives in Wellington. Widely anthologised and critically acclaimed, she is the author of seven collections of poetry. 

Kate reviewed classics on Kim Hill’s Radio New Zealand show for 20 years and her many awards include the 2017 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.

2022 festival sessions

You Probably Think This Song is About You

- in conversation with Naomi Barton

Kate Camp talks about her wonderful new memoir You Probably Think This Song is About You brimming with hard-won wisdom and generous humour. 

Kate shares experiences as diverse as bad relationships, misheard songs, the fallibility of memory and the wrong turns we take. In the words of author and reviewer Catherine Chidgey: “Kate’s essays shine with wit, intelligence, and a humanity that is both intimate and universal.” 


How To Be Happy Though Human

- in conversation with Cliff Fell

Kate Camp’s most recent collection of poetry, How To Be Happy Though Human, is strikingly apt for current times. Kate discusses her influences and inspirations behind her highly acclaimed poetry, and reads selected poems.


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