Chew the Bright Hysteria: Poems & Paintings

Rhondda Greig


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Rhondda Greig’s artistic eye guides her poetic perspective. The poetry lives in the greens and seasonal kaleidoscope of the Wairarapa, home throughout her adult life, and in the wintry greys of Scotland.
As a painter and creator of public artworks, Rhondda mobilises colour and form. As a poet, she sculpts emotional, provocative events that arise in the human landscapes she inhabits, nearby and far away.
Chew the Bright Hysteria marries Rhondda’s driving desire to paint and reflect her world.

About the Author

Rhondda Greig began her career as a professional artist exhibiting regularly in New Zealand, and has been an invited solo exhibitor in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto. In Scotland she was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Aberdeen. Her works are held in public and private collections in New Zealand and the UK, and in private collections in the United States, France, Australia and Japan. Her previous volume of poetry Eavesdropping with Angels was published by Hazard Press. Her children’s books include Matarawa Cats, a diploma winner in the Noma International Concours Children’s Book Illustration Award (Japan), which became a New Zealand classic. She has won a number of grants and awards.


ISBN: 978-1-99-110334-5

Pages: 76

Paintings & Illustrations: 16

Dimensions: 233 x 180mm portrait

Author: Rhondda Greig

Published: 6 July 2024

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Whether set in the tiny Wairarapa settlement of Matarawa, or the Scottish city of Aberdeen, these poems resonate with the skill of an artist practised at looking and seeing. Rhondda Greig notices ironed trousers and delights in black cattle chewing up a hill of yellow. She has an eye bright with visual detail and an ear finely tuned to the music of landscape and language.
Jenny Bornholdt