Born in England in 1949, Cilla McQueen has lived in Te Waipounamu since the age of four. A poet and a visual artist, she has published fifteen collections of poetry. Cilla was the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2009-2011. She lives and works in the southern port of Motupōhue/Bluff.

An Island, 2014
Collection of poems
670 x 1,100 mm, framed

The poems in ‘An Island’ were inspired partly by my father’s ancestral island of St Kilda, or Hirte, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and partly by the landscapes and islands of Murihiku. The ‘elements’ of Altar, Beacon, Coastline, Time, Shelter, Path and Well are familiar to all island dwellers.

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