The twelfth issue of my poetry journal, broadsheet:
new new zealand poetry has gone historical
with a special feature on The Star poets of
Christchurch 1922-26, a mostly unknown and previously
unacknowledged group of early New Zealand poets.
I came across the 'lost' group in the Christchurch Star
by happenchance while researching my grandfather Tom Lawn's
Canterbury rugby career during the 1920s.
I decided to collect them in a special issue in order to bring
their work to public attention and notice.
I couldn't find the Star group mentioned in New Zealand
poetry anthologies or in studies of the period. A check of the
recent Oxford history and companion similarly brought up no
references to the poets.
Of these Star poets, the best known is Una
Auld (nee Currie) who also appears in Bill Manhire's recent 100
New Zealand Poems and 121 New Zealand Poems
The Star poets included are: Una Auld (nee Currie), R D
Brown, Aline Dunn, H S Gipps, H H Heatley, Bessie L Heighton, Honor
Gordon Holmes, E A Irwin, W J McKellow, Patricia Parker, T E L
Roberts, Sherratt, H Tillman and Ida M Withers.
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