Shelter lights up moments in a woman’s life. The moments are from childhood, from Scotland, from now, from yesterday, from Japan, from India, from Kāpiti and always from the heart. Kirsten’s poems are open, undefended, lyrical, grounded in nature, sensual, sexy, sweet, wry and occasionally bitter. And just by the way, Shelter contains the best poem about sex that I have ever read.’

Lynn Jenner, author of Peat, Lost and Gone Away and Dear Sweet Harry.

Recent Reviews

One of the top ten poetry collections of 2021, the New Zealand Listener

“poems represent the huts where we go for respite…”

Tim Saunders, Landfall Review Online

“A very impressive debut.”

Nicholas Reid, The New Zealand Listener

“…a quiet master of the prose poem.”

Sophie van Waardenberg, Academy of New Zealand Literature

Kirsten Le Harivel sitting at a table with a cup of tea.

About Kirsten

Kirsten Le Harivel is a poet and fiction writer based on the Kāpiti Coast of Aotearoa.

Her debut poetry collection Shelter came out in 2021 with The Cuba Press. She has published work in journals such as Sport, Turbine: Kapohau, Snorkel and The 4th Floor.

She works in the creative writing sector, curating and programming creative writing courses, workshops and retreats in-person and online.

She is the founder of Writers Practice, set up to provide craft, community and conversation for writers across Aotearoa through a range of retreats, workshops, journal and other learning opportunities.

She also programs professional development events for the NZSA Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa including live web workshops, online learning and in-person conferences.

She grew up in Scotland to English, French and Scottish parents and moved to Aotearoa as a teenager.

Get in touch

About anything to do with creative writing! I’m available to present, teach or programme creative writing events in-person and online and always open to new collaborations and opportunities. Connect with me on Instagram @kleharivel.