Pat White is a writer and painter living in Fairlie. His work has been published and exhibited regularly since Frontiers Press published his first volume of poetry in 1976. He has also published a memoir, How the Land Lies; of longing and belonging (VUP) following study for an MA in Creative Writing. His exhibition Gallipoli: In search of a family story will show at Timaru’s Aigantighe Gallery from April 14-May 21. Pat was born in Tapanui in 1944.
All week this week we look at the life and writing of Peter Hooper (1919-91), a Greymouth author who won the national book award in 1986 for a profound, exciting novel set on the West Coast after an apocalypse. He's now largely forgotten in New Zealand letters - but a new biography provides a vivid reminder of Hooper's talents and achievement.