• Kay Cooke

    Public Email kmckcooke@gmail.com
    Twitter http://@skylarkriddle
    Website http://kaymckenziecooke.com

    I am a full time writer, living inDunedin.

    I have had three books of poetry published by Otago University Press. The first, 'Feeding the Dogs' received the Jessie McKay Best First Book of Poetry Prize at the NZ Book Awards in 2003. My second poetry book, 'Made For Weather', was published in 2007. My third poetry book, 'Born To A Red-Headed Woman' was published in April, 2014.

    I am presently writing a novel set in Southland with the working title, 'Craggan Dhu'. I am also completing poems ready for a fourth collection (untitled).

    Fellow-writer  Jenny Powell and myself have formed a poetry-reading duo called J&K Rolling. We organise Outrider Poetry readings in out-of-the-way places and rural areas of New Zealand.


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    • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Fiction
    • Non-fiction
    • Poetry
    • Short stories


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    • Readings (children/schools)
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    • Short story writing
    • Workshops (adults)
    • Workshops (children/schools)






    Born to a Redheaded Woman

    A poetry collection that is also an autobiographical record. Using titles and lines from popular songs to accentuate mood and recollection, the collection is designed to be read chronologically.

    Made For Weather

    Poems that reflect the landscape of the south along with authentic personal accounts of family life and everyday living.

    Feeding the Dogs

    Poetry book featuring poems about the southern landscape, family life and childhood memories.

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