Book traces university’s early days
Poet, writer and historian Nicholas Reid has put his affinity with Auckland University to good use.
His book commemorating the university’s 125th anniversary has been launched, a project which took only three months to complete.
Mr Reid was recruited by Auckland University Press after winning a competition in which the best proposal for the text was chosen.
“I’m always looking for new projects, and this one seemed like a good one,” he says.
Mr Reid’s history with the university spans 35 years.
He has a master’s degree in English and history and has 25 years’ teaching experience at both secondary and tertiary levels.
His father John was an English professor at the university.
Mr Reid’s career also includes book and film reviews for various publications and broadcast media and he was a finalist for the 2007 BPANZ Reviewer of the Year Award.
The First 125 Years is Mr Reid’s fifth published book.
He says it is a “celebratory” book, and to a certain extent his experience helped.
The richly illustrated jubilee text covers from the days of the first few pupils studying in a rented disused courthouse to the present, where almost 40,000 students attend classes on four main campuses.
Mr Reid says it’s easy to be restricted by firsthand experience and he consulted other texts and contacts from his time at the university.
Capturing history: Historian Nicholas Reid’s book.
The author: Nicholas Reid wrote Auckland University’s jubilee text.