Richard Von Sturmer is a writer, performer, and film-maker. His written work has appeared in many anthologies and literary journals, including Landfall, Sport, and the NZ Listener. Five collections of his writing have been published including We Xerox Your Zebras (Modern House, 1988) and On the Eve of Never Departing (Titus Books, 2009). He is also well-known for having written the lyrics to Blam Blam Blam’s ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand”, which has become our alternate national anthem. Richard was born in Devonport in 1957.
He painted himself blue and performed naked with The Plague, wrote "There is no Depression in New Zealand", and is now a tender memoirist: an excerpt from the new book by the legendary Richard Von Sturmer.