Dead Bird Books – Aotearoa Tour

Dead Bird Book’s will be releasing Dominic Hoey’s new collection of poetry, The Dead Are Always Laughing At Us, in November, 2023.

The book is a special collaboration between Dominic and designer Trudi Hewitt and deals with themes of death, love and dogs. Trudi has done design work for a number of brands and artists, including album artwork for musician Nadia Reid.

To celebrate this release, Dominic will be hitting the road alongside fellow Dead Bird Books poets, Liam Jacobson and Isla Huia (both of whom have recently released their own titles in 2023 to critical acclaim) – as well as smattering of local talent in each centre, including Liz Breslin (Ōtepoti) and  Matariki Bennett (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)

The three poets  will be performing towns and cities across the North and South Island over the five date tour.

Tickets can be purchased via the Dead Bird Books website below:


If you’d like a copy of the book or want to interview any of the poets email-



Dominic Hoey is a poet and bestselling author.  Through his Learn To Write Good writing course, Dominic has taught thousands of students how to think dyslexic. He also works with rangatahi with the Atawhai program, helping them with their mental health and self-esteem.

Isla Huia (Te Āti Haunui a-Pāpārangi, Uenuku) is a te reo Māori teacher, writer and musician. Her first book,’Talia,’ was released by Dead Bird in May 2023.

Liam Jacobson (Kāi Tahu) is a poet, artist, maker (etc.) from Manurewa, South Auckland. They’ve shared poems in alleys, pubs and galleries across Aotearoa and overseas. Liam’s debut poetry collection, ‘Neither’, was published by Dead Bird Books in September 2023




30th Nov Golden Bay, Mussel Inn, 7pm

1st Dec, Ōtautahi, Little Andromeda, 7pm

2nd Dec Ōtepoti, Yours, 7pm

8th Dec, Tāmaki Makaurau, Wine Cellar, 8pm

9th Dec, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 7pm