Stu­dents con­trib­ute to book of war po­ems

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HAT­TAN

Ka­rina Fitch didn’t quite re­alise just how much goes into writ­ing a book.

The au­thor has just re­leased An­zac War Poetry. The book of po­ems was edited by her teenage son Ro­nan and also fea­tures po­ems by Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents Ella Velt­man and Anika Hoko.

Her son Danny also con­trib­uted an illustration.

The po­ems are based on World War I and each tells a dif­fer­ent story of the Great War, Ka­rina said.

The col­lec­tion of work is ded­i­cated to her great great­grand­fa­ther John Couper, who was in the Scot­tish Cy­cle Corps, and to Robert Louis Steven­son.

Ka­rina said it took nine months to write and put to­gether the book.

‘‘A lot of re­search went into it. I vis­ited mu­se­ums and li­braries,’’ she said. ‘‘I haven’t glossed over any­thing.’’

A glos­sary has been in­cluded to help the reader with war ter­mi­nol­ogy.

Poetry started as a hobby, Ka­rina said.

‘‘But I kept writ­ing po­ems. I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore.’’

In com­plet­ing the book, Ka­rina has ticked off an­other item on her bucket list and she’s very pleased with the way it turned out.

‘‘It was a team ef­fort,’’ Ka­rina said on the in­clu­sion of stu­dent work.

The book was printed by In­house De­sign and Print and is avail­able from Mata­mata Pa­per Plus.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Anika Hoko, Ella Velt­man, Ka­rina Fitch, Ro­nan Fitch and Danny Fitch with copies of An­zac War Poetry.

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