dear neil roberts, book launch,whanganui regional museum

October 22, 2014

Upcoming event (I did the cover drawing) . . . . . . .

It is 18 November, 1982.

Neil Ian Roberts is 22 years old.

He walks up to the Police Computer Centre

in Whanganui, at 12.35am.


Victoria University Press and Whanganui Regional Museum

warmly invite you to the launch of

Dear Neil Roberts

by Airini Beautrais

on Friday 14 November


Whanganui Regional Museum, Davis Theatre entrance, Watt Street

Dear Neil Roberts will be launched by Fergus Barrowman,

publisher of Victoria University Press.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Paige’s Book Gallery, p/b, $25.

Airini will be available to sign.

All welcome. Refreshments will be served.


About Dear Neil Roberts

Who was Neil Roberts? This is the search for the story of a quiet young man, an anarchist, a figure who moves differently, or vanishes altogether, in different versions of history. How are such people remembered; how are they forgotten?

As much a work of documentary as poetry, this extraordinary book considers the uncomfortable event of Neil Roberts’s death, its significance in the context of 1980s New Zealand, and how this action has reverberated through others’ lives, including the poet’s own.

About the author

Airini Beautrais was born in 1982 and grew up in Auckland and Whanganui. She studied ecological science and creative writing at Victoria University, and worked for several years as a science teacher. Dear Neil Roberts is her third book of poetry. Her first book Secret Heart was published by VUP in 2006, followed by Western Line (2011). Secret Heart was named as the Best First Book of Poetry in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007. Airini lives in Whanganui with her partner and two children.

The cover of Dear Neil Roberts is by Whanganui artist, Catherine Macdonald.

Copyright © 2014 Victoria University Press, All rights reserved.

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