Fresh take for New Zealand literature


What effect did the advent of World War II have on New Zealand’s storytellers?

Poet and literary historian John Newton wants to know – and he will be spending most of next year at Waikato University finding out.

The university’s writer in residence for 2014, Dr Newton will be working on two books while he is based in Hamilton. One will be a book of poems; the other will be “a fresh take” on New Zealand writing in the mid-20th century.

“I’ve already done some preliminary work on the history project,” Dr Newton said.

“I’m conscious that the history of New Zealand writing has fallen into eclipse. I’ll be exploring the impact of World War II on New Zealand literature in a way I hope non-specialist readers will enjoy reading. We still have a lot to learn from our own ‘classic’ literature.”

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