Story: Intellectuals

Poets at a reading, 1956

Poets at a reading, 1956

Two historians, W. H. Oliver (second from left) and Keith Sinclair (far right), are part of a group of poets at a reading in the Canterbury Museum in 1956. Both Oliver and Sinclair were distinguished poets and commentators on public affairs as well as outstanding historians. Their versatility was characteristic of New Zealand intellectual life at this time. The other poets shown here are (from left) Denis Glover, James K. Baxter, Louis Johnson, Bill Hart-Smith and Tony Vogt. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Bridget Williams Collection
Reference: PAColl-2146-009

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Chris Hilliard, 'Intellectuals - Literature and the modern New Zealand intellectual', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42359/poets-at-a-reading-1956 (accessed 26 June 2017)

Story by Chris Hilliard, published 22 Oct 2014