Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sidelights features poems about the All Blacks, Super
and provincial rugby, women’s rugby and the author’s own rugby family.
First published as a limited edition hand-bound booklet in
2013, this new enlarged edition contains rugby poems from the past four years
and is accompanied by historian Ron Palenski’s informative foreword.
The book’s title “Sidelights” comes from an Eden Park rugby
column of the same name in the Auckland Weekly News, 1930s.
Wellington writer and editor Mark Pirie’s poems, written
between 1993 and 2017, have been widely published in journals, anthologies and
newspapers such as Ron Palenski’s Touchlines: An Anthology of RugbyPoetry
(NZ Sports Hall of Fame, 2013), Under Flagstaff: Dunedin Poetry (Otago
University Press, 2004) and The Dominion Post.
“Mark Pirie has captured rugby’s moods and eras in this
small book of his fine poetry; there’s barely a peep from a referee’s whistle
as he flits from old to new and back again; from some great players to others,
such as his grandfather Tom Lawn, not himself a great player but a player of
the type which made the game great. And if the astute reader picks up a
flavour that could have been brewed in Wellington, that’s all part of
rugby’s charm, its tribalism.” – Ron Palenski, from the Foreword
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About the Author
Mark Pirie is an internationally published New
Zealand poet, editor, writer and publisher He has published poetry on
many sports, including cricket, football, rugby, tennis, surfing and netball,
and edited/published anthologies of New Zealand cricket and football poems, A
Tingling Catch and Boots.