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 discusses the use of metaphor in her work as a ‘device to fuck up your personal life’ and as a technique for humour. More broadly she examines the thinking behind metaphor, its use in advertising, and why metaphor is interesting in today’s political climate.

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.