From the ABC Book Show
Poet, novelist and literary critic Christian Karlson Stead is one of New Zealand's most distinguished literary figures.
Stead was awarded the C.B.E. in 1985 for services to New Zealand literature, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1995, and received an honorary doctorate in letters from the University of Bristol in 2001.
His most recent book of poems is The Black River and he has also published a collection of essays and reviews called Book Self.