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Three Windows in the Weather was written after a six-day visit to Dusky and Doubtful Sounds in Fiordland in October 2007. Ten artists (poets, visual artists, a composer and a film-maker) travelled on the Breaksea Girl to create work as a fund-raiser for the Caselberg Trust, who are restoring the Broad Bay house of Anna and John Caselberg for use for artist residencies.
Richard Henry was possibly New Zealand's first conservationist, who rescued kakapo and other endangered birds, creating a sanctuary on Resolution Island, until, several years later, he saw a stoat swimming nearby, and realised the sanctuary was compromised. The second poem, Wet Jacket Arm, makes reference to the threatened biodiversity of the region, and the third refers to a gale experienced one night on the Breaksea Girl.
The official first performance, with Greg O'Brien reading his own poems, was in St Paul's Cathedral in the Otago Festival of the Arts on October 8th, 2008. A 'preview' performance was given on September 26th by Ben Hoadley and Emma Sayers with Bill Manhire reading.
1. Richard Henry in Fiordland
2. Wet Jacket Arm
3. A shift in the wind
three poems by Greg O'Brien