A small hand-stitched book of netball poems, 12 Netball Poems, has been published by The Night Press, Wellington, New Zealand.
The book by The Night Press editor Mark Pirie features poems on the Silver Ferns (Sandra Edge, Maria Tutaia, Casey Kopua, Laura Langman and Leilani Read), the Netball World Cup 2015 and children’s netball poems.
It is dedicated to Pirie’s mother who played and enjoyed the game.
The book’s title “12 Netball Poems” implies the number of players chosen in a netball squad (7 on court, and 5 replacements on the bench).
Some of the poems, written between 2012 and 2015, have been published in Valley Micropress and The Wellingtonian newspaper.
An addenda by Napier poet Bill Sutton comes in the form of a poem on Irene van Dyk, also reprinted from The Wellingtonian newspaper.
The book is printed in a limited edition and is made available for wider distribution as a free ebook from the author’s website (www.markpirie.com) and The Night Press website (see Other Publications).