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This Was Then: A memoir, with poems

This Was Then: A memoir, with poems (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Rockel, Ian

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Memoir (& poems) of a curious curator

ISBN 9780947493912
Published 1 January 2019 by Steele Roberts Aotearoa Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780947493912
ISBN-10 0947493913
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Steele Roberts Aotearoa Ltd
Imprint Steele Roberts & Associates Ltd
Publication Date 1 January 2019
International Publication Date 16 April 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Rockel, Ian
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Biography & Autobiography
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 158
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 920.71
Catalogue Code 989686

Description of this Book

Ian Rockel's bohemian days in the 1960s Wellington are one of many highlights in this book - dreaming away days in the Parliamentary Library, vivid encounters with literary luminaries, hippies who danced in the bath, and a flatmate so short of clothing that on laundry day she had nothing more, so spent drying time as a model for the drawing club. The young Ian Rockel was on a road punctuated by pitfalls and traumas; it's a tribute to his skills as a memoirist that he recounts his brushes with death, bizarre characters, mental meltdowns and the paranormal with such a wry touch and an entertaining flair.

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Author's Bio

Born in 1939, Ian's career spans teacher, museum curator, editor, librarian, historian and poet. As Director of the Rotorua Museum he contributed to oral history in radio, TV and publications such as the chapter `Te Arawa', for Alister Taylor's quintessential Goldie; essays in Rotorua 1880-1990; and as principal editor of Tarawera Eruption Centennial. Ian also wrote Taking the Waters, a history of spas in New Zealand. His experiences are the wellspring for his poetry; following his `fifty poems in fifty years' What Know You, Stars?, this memoir is garnished with another rich and comprehensive selection of his work.

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