Jessie Mackay and Hubert Church

These two early twentieth century poets and prose writers laid much of the groundwork for the cultural renaissance of the forties associated with the names of Glover, Fairburn, Mulgan and others by creating an infrastructure of publication which enabled many of our fledgling writers to see the light of day. Although their work is today sometimes derided as ‘colonialist’ and derivative they nevertheless helped to create a positive publishing climate for our own stories.

Their name lives on in two annual prizes for first time writers under the auspices of the New Zealand Society of Authors and the Montana Awards.

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