Otago Daily Times

Streets of city put to verse

- JOHN GIBB john.gibb@odt.co.nz Entertainment · Arts · Literature · Poetry · Literary Awards · Dunedin · UNESCO · Dunedin City Library

THE deeply in­grained habit of walk­ing the city’s streets and writ­ing po­etry has been cel­e­brated in a Dunedin

Unesco City of Lit­er­a­ture project.

Dunedin City Coun­cil project or­gan­is­ers have just pub­lished a book, ti­tled A Town Trod by Poets, which fea­tures an es­say by for­mer Dunedin poet Roger Hickin.

Also in­cluded are poems by city poet Peter Olds and his pho­to­graphs of graf­fiti art, some taken more than a decade ago.

It was in­tended that the 83­page book would serve as a ‘‘calling card’’ for the city for City of Lit­er­a­ture­re­lated vis­i­tors and would be of­fered ‘‘lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for spe­cial gifts, awards and prizes’’, or­gan­is­ers said.

City of Lit­er­a­ture di­rec­tor Nicky Page, who over­saw the project with Deb­bie Lan­cast­erGor­don, said the ‘‘beau­ti­ful small book’’re­flected on ‘‘our her­itage as an ex­tra­or­di­nary and cre­ative city’’.

Mr Hickin ‘‘deftly maps the city with words’’, and Mr Olds ‘‘cap­tures a slice of his­tory’’ with his po­etry and ‘‘ir­re­sistible pho­to­graphs’’, Ms Page said.

The book was launched at a Dunedin City Library gath­er­ing at­tended by more than 30 peo­ple yes­ter­day.

Mr Hickin, of Lyt­tel­ton, read from his es­say, which fo­cused mainly on the work of James K. Bax­ter and Mr Olds, and had ini­tially been given as a talk for a Dunedin Cen­tre for the book sym­po­sium, de­voted to ‘‘Book and Place’’, in 2016.

Mr Olds had long hoped to de­velop a book com­bin­ing po­etry and pho­to­graphs.

‘‘I al­ways wanted to be a pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘I love the vis­ual in po­etry— this was a great op­por­tu­nity to marry the two,’’ he said.

 ?? PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? Poets tread­ing . . . Poet, writer and pub­lisher Roger Hickin (left) and Dunedin poet and pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Olds walk Dunedin streets yes­ter­day.
PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON Poets tread­ing . . . Poet, writer and pub­lisher Roger Hickin (left) and Dunedin poet and pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Olds walk Dunedin streets yes­ter­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand