Taxpayers’ Union versus Dunedin Poet: another instalment in the dumbest right wing campaign of the decade

Socialist poet Victor Billot of Dunedin has returned fire on the misnamed “Taxpayers’ Union” who are now on the second year of their doomed campaign against him. Mr Billot says the Taxpayers' Union have again attacked his poetry and Creative New Zealand for funding provided to the Newsroom website which publishes a weekly satirical poem …

Das Phaedrus live 2021 Das Phaedrus were the first band I was in, we played in 1990 and 1991, and again in 1994 and 1995. After that we were blown by the four winds to various corners of the globe but recently have found the three of us back in Dunedin. We played at the end of last …

Poetry Shelf celebrates new books: Victor Billot reads from The Sets

NZ Poetry Shelf

The Sets, Victor Billot, Otago University Press, 2021

Victor Billot reads ‘The Sets’ from his collection plus two new poems: ‘An Award Winning Campaign’ and ‘The Youngest One’.

Victor Billot was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1972. He has worked in communications, publishing and the maritime industry. His collection The Sets was published by Otago University Press in February 2021.

In 2020 he was commissioned by the Newsroom website to write a series of political satires in verse and is now embarking on a new series. His poems have been displayed in the Reykjavik City Hall and in Antarctica.

Otago University Press page

Victor’s website

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The Sets reviewed by Reid’s Reader

A thorough and rigorous review of The Sets by Nicholas Reid on Reid's Reader (an abridged version appeared in the Listener on 6 February 2021) The collection’s Prologue “The Sets” presents the sea as daunting and as the centre of Billot’s own personal mythology, the place to which he returns for many of his most …

Launch of The Sets, Dunedin, 4 February 2021

The Sets was launched in Dunedin on Thursday 4 February at the temporary home of the University Book Shop in the H D Skinner Annex.Thank you to the UBS, Otago University Press and all who attended. Good times! All photos by Laura Hewson.Support your local independent bookseller or available from Otago University Press.

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