Author(s): Owen Marshall
Owen Marshall has been writing occasional poems as the mood struck him Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� hence the title of this, his first book of poems. The volume Occasional consists of 50 poetic texts celebrating a variety of occasions Ã�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â� some small, some larger, but always thought-provoking. There are poems in honour of recently deceased writers Bill Sewell and Janet Frame; poems drawing strength and inspiration from family members and familial values; and poems about the local landscapes that are somehow more than local landscapes.
Owen Marshall, ONZM, has for some years now been regarded as one of New Zealand?s premier creative writers and creative writing teachers. His work has regularly been published in New Zealand and overseas. His first collection of short stories was published in 1979 and has been followed prolifically by short stories, novels, educational texts, edited anthologies, radio plays and television documentary scripts. He holds an MA (Hons), a Dip Tchg and an honorary Doctorate of Letters as well as being the recipient of numerous awards, including the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the Montana Book Awards and the inaugural recipient of the Creative New Zealand Writers? Fellowship.