Author(s): Peter Bland
Peter Bland is an Auckland poet with an international reputation. As a broadcaster in the 1960s he edited the national Poetry programme and inaugurated New Zealand?s first national arts review programme Kaleidoscope. He was also a co-founder and artistic director of Wellington?s Downstage theatre. He has published several collections of poetry and in 1977 was given a Cholmondeley Award for Poetry by the British Society of Authors. Recently he has been a regular poetry reviewer for the New Zealand Listener. Peter was born in Yorkshire in 1934 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1954, where he became closely associated with the Wellington group of poets which included his close friends Louis Johnson and James K Baxter. Since the early 1970s he has divided his time between England and New Zealand and travelled widely as an international jobbing actor. He is perhaps best known in New Zealand for his role as Wesley Pennington in the 1985 film Came a Hot Friday, for which he won a GOFTA Best Film Actor Award. He is married with three children.