Author(s): Pat White
How the land lies is a powerful and moving memoir. After an anxious childhood spent in a series of railway settlements in the post-War years, White kept moving through places, occupations and lives, slowly learning where and how he wanted to live.
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.