Bernadette Hall is an award-winning poet. Her ninth collection of poetry, The Lustre Jug, arising from time spent in Ireland, was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2010. She edited Like Love Poems: Selected poems by Whanganui artist Joanna Margaret Paul in 2006. She also edited the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems 2011. Bernadette went to Antarctica on an 'Artists in Antarctica' award in 2004, and in 2008 co-founded the Hagley Writer's Institute in Christchurch.