Horse with hat

Horse with hat

Winner NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for poetry at the NZ Post Book Awards

Finalist Poetry category of NZ Post Book Awards

Praise for Horse with hat

These poems sometimes give the impression of standing on the side of the road when a car swooshes past and you feel it shake the air in front of your face, tipping you a step backwards. This is a gutsy book of poems that gives everything it's got. 
—Nina Powles, Salient

This is alternately comic, wry, downbeat, vernacular, lyrical: yet is is also at times dark, plangent and moving in its use of narratives distilled from extended family relationships. —Emma Neale, Poetry Shelf

Marty's collection takes you back to the child, to mother and father, and to country life and in doing so you travel through sumptuous lines and layers. This is no rose-tinted memoir — you get grit and you get open views, you get life's awkwardness and you get empathy. It is a fine debut. —Paula Green, Poetry Shelf

Current work


Riding a gallop at Newmarket

This footage was background to a documentary about tout George Robinson. Work riders at Newmarket are always being filmed for stock footage. Marty is the rider in the dark blue jacket.