Why This Book – Halcyon Ghosts
Occasional notes on the Going West programme this year.
I had Sam reading at Going West some years ago at the urging of Bob Harvey, then mayor of Waitakere City. ‘You must have him’ Bob declared in his usual subtle and allusive way. ‘He’s a Titirangi boy – grew up in the hills’.
Well Sam sent me his first book of poetry. I was struck, not only by the quality and charm of his writing, but by the elegance of his self-published book, designed by his wife Jacinda. He continued to be regular feature of the festival and was our Curnow reader a few years back. Now he is published by Auckland University Press – the best publisher of fine poetry in the country. We welcome him back reading from his latest collection.