Story: Regional cultural life

Title page of Sirocco

Title page of Sirocco

Sirocco was the second publication of the Caxton Club Press, which had been established at Canterbury University College in 1932 by Denis Glover and seven fellow students. It was inspired by the example of Phoenix at Auckland University College. The club's first publication, Oriflamme, had been suppressed by the university's council on account of an article about sex. Sirocco was its successor, and included poems by Glover, Allen Curnow and A. R. D. Fairburn as well as a linocut by Rita Cook (later Rita Angus). Eventually the club became the Caxton Press, which helped establish Christchurch's leading role in the new literature of the 1930s.

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Pip Howells, 'Regional cultural life - Regional creative life, early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Pip Howells, published 22 Oct 2014