Hera Lindsay Bird’s self-titled poetry collection has been described by The Guardian as a ‘provocative, raunchy bestseller’. In this illuminating and funny lecture, New Zealand’s most exciting young poet makes the most of her short attention span and lack of rigorous critical thinking skills to deliver ten to fifteen mini-lectures that circle around popular arguments in writing such as love poetry, free speech, selling out, shock vs risk, irony vs sincerity, emotional honesty and nostalgia but also include a couple of unrelated topics such as television sitcoms and popular American actress Julia Roberts and her $30 million dollar smile.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Hera Lindsay Bird (International)

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Hera Lindsay Bird is a poet and bookseller from Wellington. Her self-titled and semi-autobiographical book of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird has earned her a cult status for her ‘smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends’ (The Guardian). In particular, her poem Keats is Dead so Fuck me From Behind hit a particular nerve with readers, and went viral. Her work has been published by The Toast, The Hairpin and has been included in Best New Zealand Poems.

Aaron Nyerges (Australian)

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Aaron Nyerges is a lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. He is currently writing a book on American modernism, mass media, and the production of geographic knowledge.