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Bill Manhire is the founder of the International Institute of Modern Letters writing programme at Victoria University of Wellington. His most recent books are Some Things to Place in a Coffin (VUP, 2017), Tell Me My Name (VUP, 2017; riddles set to music by Norman Meehan and sung by Hannah Griffin), and Wow (VUP, 2020). Bill was born in Invercargill in 1946.
All week this week we feature a memoir of 2015 by a writer of distinction. Our ninth and penultimate memoirist: Wellington writer Bill Manhire, who published a pamphlet and a greatest prose hits to vast acclaim.