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Cilla McQueen (born 1949 in Birminghammarker, Englandmarker) is a poet and three-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry..

Early years and Education

McQueen's family moved to New Zealandmarker when she was four.She was educated at Columba Collegemarker in Dunedinmarker and University of Otagomarker ( Master's with Honors in 1970).


McQueen lives in Bluffmarker, at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. A poet and artist, she has published ten collections and a CD of her poetry. Awards include: NZ Book Award for Poetry 1983, 1989 and 1991; Robert Burns fellowship at Otago University 1985 & 1986; Fulbright Visiting Writer’s Fellowship 1985; Inaugural Australia-New Zealand Writer’s Exchange Fellowship 1987; Goethe Institute Scholarship to Berlin 1988; NZ Queen Elizabeth Arts Council Scholarship in Letters 1992. Her most recent works are the book, Fire-penny & the CD A Wind Harp from Otago University Press.

In 1999 McQueen was awarded the Southland Art Foundation Artist in Residence award, which allowed her to develop both poetry and painting simultaneously.


McQueen's work includes a variety of poetry books and poems over the past twenty-five years, including these volumes:

  • 1982: Homing In
  • 1984: Anti Gravity
  • 1986: Wild Sweets
  • 1988: Benzina
  • 1990: Berlin Diary
  • 1993: Crikey
  • 2000: Markings, Otago University Press
  • 2001: Axis, Otago University Press
  • 2002: Soundings, Otago University Press
  • 2005: Fire-penny, Otago University Press
  • 2006: A Wind Harp (compact disc)


  1. New Zealand Poetry - Biography - Cilla McQueen
  2. Cilla McQueen, A Wind Harp, Otago University Press, New Zealand
  3. McQUEEN, Cilla
  4. Cilla McQueen - NZ Literature File - LEARN - The University Of Auckland Library

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