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William Sewell (poet)

William Seymour (Bill) Sewell (1951–2003) was a New Zealand poet. He was a Burns Fellow at Otago University, Dunedin in 1981–82. He was a frequent reviewer of books, particularly for the periodical New Zealand Books, to which he was appointed co-editor in 1997. He was also a book editor. He died in 2003.[1]

He published three collections of poems: Solo Flight (1982), Wheels within Wheels (1983) and Making the Far Land Glow (1986) and also A Guide to the Rimutaka Forest Park (1989). His poems have a political focus and a link to modern German poetry.

He was born in Athens and lived in Southern Europe and England where he attended school. He studied German at the University of Auckland and lectured in German at the University of Otago. He had a law degree from the Victoria University of Wellington and was a legal researcher for the Law Commission.


  1. ^ "Obituary". The Dominion Post (Wellington). 6 February 2003. p. B8. 
  • Robinson; Wattie (1998). The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature. Oxford University Press. p. 487.  

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