The young poet and journalist Rhys Brookbanks (1985-2011), has just had a booklet of his poetry and non-fiction work published by his family. I taught Rhys in my rookie year running a poetry workshop at the University of Otago; he was killed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, in his first week working for CTV.
A few years ago I wrote a fuller piece about him for Ka Mate ka Ora; but now The Space Between: To remember Rhys Brookbanks gives people a chance to see his early work. The booklet contains poetry, journalism, photos of the young Rhys and a short biography written by family. Rhys’s parents also asked me to write a foreword for the publication; it was one of the toughest, and saddest commissions I’ve ever taken on.
There are still a few booklets available from the Brookbanks family. Any readers interested in purchasing a copy, can contact me here at this blog; I’ll forward details of the cost and how to order it.