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Championing the local, Margot Schwass

Margot Schwass pays tribute to Ruth Dallas who died earlier this year. Silent bush, rain-soaked paddocks, solitary farmhouses hunkered down beneath black macrocarpas …. The landscapes so intensely reflected in the work of the late Ruth Dallas are very recognisably…
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Obituary — Ruth Dallas

Ruth Dallas (1919-2008) Dunedin writer Ruth Dallas was born in Invercargill into a working-class settler family, which informed her writing. She published 20 books, mainly poetry and books for children. Her most recent poetry collection, The Joy of a Ming…
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Not enough clash and clang, Anna Livesey

Cup  Alison Wong Steele Roberts, $19.99, ISBN 1877338761 The Joy of a Ming Vase  Ruth Dallas Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877372307 Brief Lives  Chris Price Auckland University Press, $27.99, ISBN 1869403630 The Word Went Round David Howard Otago University…
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“Out of emptiness breaking”, Janet Wilson

Collected Poems  Ruth Dallas 2nd ed, Otago University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877133868 The Black Horse and other stories  Ruth Dallas Otago University Press, $24.95, ISBN 187713385X Today, at 80, Ruth Dallas is, apart from Allen Curnow, New Zealand’s most venerable…
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A poet’s story, Kevin Ireland

Curved Horizon: An Autobiography Ruth Dallas, University of Otago Press, MacIndoe, 1991, $29.95 I have only ever met Ruth Dallas once, and briefly, so I have no idea of what she is like to talk to, but she always comes…
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