About The Author

Bill Manhire, a prize-winning poet, was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, and spent his childhood in the lower South Island, where his parents managed a number of pubs not unlike the one featured in this book. He now lives in Wellington and teaches English, Icelandic, and creative writing at Victoria University. In 1996 he was chosen as the first New Zealand Te Mata Poet Laureate.

He is the author of numerous poetry collections, the most recent of which is My Sunshine (Victoria University Press, 1996). A new a new poetry collection, What to Call Your Child, will be published by Godwit Press in August of 1999, and a book of essays and interviews, Doubtful Sounds (Victoria University Press) will appear in late 1999. Bill Manhire also edited Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories (with Marion McLeod, Unwin Paperbacks, 1984), 100 New Zealand Poems (Godwit Press, 1993) and Mutes & Earthquakes: Bill Manhire's Creative Writing Course at Victoria (Victoria University Press, 1997) . A full list of publications by and about Bill Manhire can be found here.