"Riddell’s great strength is his positive view of human existence."
- Capital Times

Ron Riddell

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An arts graduate of Auckland University, he worked for many years as a school teacher. In recent years, he has been travelling and working in the Americas. Writer and peace-advocate, also a painter, musician and author of a number of books and plays, has published twenty-one collections of verse and two novels.  He has been the founder and organiser of many writers’ workshops and cultural gatherings in New Zealand, Great Britain and Colombia, most notably perhaps The Wellington International Poetry Festival. Whilst better known as a poet, he now divides his writing time between fiction and poetry. 

Riddell has taken part in many literary festivals and cultural venues around the world, including The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Harbourfront (Canada), El Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín (Colombia) and El Festival Internacional de Poesía de Cartagena (Colombia), The Austin International Poetry Festival (U.S.A.) and El Encuentro Internacional de Poetas (El Salvador), Festival Internacional de Poesía de Costa Rica and Festival Internacional Chile Poesía. He has also been involved in a number of peace and cultural initiatives in Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, U.S.A. and New Zealand. In 2004 he was finalist in The Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. His verse collection, Leaves of Light was awarded The House of Poetry International Poetry Award for 2005. His latest verse collection is entitled The Oracle of Alexandria (2009) and his most recent novel, A Love Beyond (2010). Currently he divides his time between New Zealand and Colombia.


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