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Dan Davin Book Launch – A Field Officer’s Notebook

Dan Davin Book Launch – A Field Officer’s Notebook

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  • Sat 12 May ’18, 11:00am – 12:00pm


Featherston Memorial RSA, 57 Fox Street, Featherston


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Book Launch: Dan Davin – A Field Officer’s Notebook; (Cold Hub Press)

The selected poems of Dan Davin, edited with an introductory essay by Robert McLean

Introductions by Roger Hickin, Cold Hub Press.

Informal discussion and selected poems from the book read by Vincent O’ Sullivan, alongside Robert McLean and Roger Hickin. Includes a Q&A session.

The poetry of Dan Davin speaks unguardedly and disarmingly about one man’s life, his loves and losses, in a voice that haunts long after it has been heard. Cold Hub Press is privileged to have the opportunity to make this body of work available to general readers for the first time.

"Dan Davin (1913–1990), best known for his prose fiction, memoirs, and work in academic publishing, also wrote poetry. The poems written during his time as an intelligence officer with the 2nd New Zealand Division are unlike anything in New Zealand literature and stand comparison with the finest poetry to have come out of the Second World War. Indeed, some are among the finest poems written by any New Zealander during the 1940s and deserve to be read in such a light. Many of the poems of Davin’s “late period” revisit the battlefields he’d fought in forty years before. Some revisit the days of his youth in Invercargill and Dunedin, while others explore his Irishness and record with heavy heart but light touch the “fighting withdrawal” of his final years. Almost all are taken from notebooks and manuscripts deeply scored by Davin’s emending pen. This event is proudly supported by Messines Bookshop

Entry: Koha

This is an event involved in the Featherston Booktown Festival on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May celebrating everything to do with books, writers and reading.
The three-day programme includes writing workshops; poetry readings; talks by leading authors and illustrators; and a book fair including stalls with rare and second hand books. There are also events specifically for children while this year’s festival has a special emphasis on poetry and young adult fiction.
Take a look at our website for the full programme of events.

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