Story: Arts reviewing

Denis Glover reviewing on Bookshop, 1958

Bookshop was a long-running book-review programme on the YC radio stations (the most highbrow stations) during the 1950s. In this excerpt from a 1958 programme, poet Denis Glover (at left in the photo, reading a poem to Bill Oliver, James K. Baxter, Louis Johnson, Bill Hart-Smith, Tony Vogt and Keith Sinclair in 1956) satirically reviews a work by Irish author Claud Cockburn.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Arts reviewing - Struggle with modernity, 1900 to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020