Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston won the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for poetry. After 25 years as a journalist, he is now an editor and consultant for the United Nations and NGOs, based in France. He was born in Upper Hutt in 1963.

Poetry week at the Spinoff: how an award-winning poet got started

All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books is devoted to poetry in the build-up to the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday. Yesterday we ran an essay by Helen Hogan, editor of 1970s anthologies of poetry by New Zealand college students; today, an essay by distinguished poet Andrew Johnston, who Hogan published when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy in the Hutt Valley.