PAT WHITE was born in Tapanui in 1944 and now lives in Gladstone in the Wairarapa, where he grows olives, writes and paints. He has published a number of collections of poetry, and poetry and essays in a wide range of periodicals in New Zealand and overseas, and has had a number of exhibitions of his paintings. After completing an MFA at Massey University in 2007, he gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University in 2009. He was awarded the 2009 Robert Lord Cottage Writers Residency and the 2010 Randell Cottage Writers Residency.
"Belonging, White avers, is one of the key characteristics that mark us as humans. And one way to satisfy longing is to discover a place to call home. But before that can happen we have to come to terms with it, establish the sort of harmonious relations that emerge and grow when based upon unstinting love, care and respect." – Brian Turner