John Newton

John Newton was Llew Summers’ close friend during the last two years of the sculptor’s life. A poet, critic and cultural historian, his earlier books include The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngāti Hau and the Jerusalem Commune (VUP, 2009), Hard Frost: Structures of Feeling in New Zealand Literature 1908–1945 (VUP, 2017), and three collections of poetry, most recently Family Songbook (VUP, 2013). Escape Path Lighting, a novel in verse, is published in October by VUP. He has held the JD Stout Research Fellowship at Victoria University, and been writer in residence at the University of Waikato and the University of Canterbury. He is the 2020 Robert Burns Fellow.

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