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.