Vincent O’Sullivan was born in Auckland in 1937, and since retiring from Victoria University in Wellington, has lived in Dunedin. His Selected Poems were published in April, and his recent collection, Us,Then won the New Zealand Book Award for poetry last year. His latest short story collection, The Families, was also published last year. He is the co-editor of the five volume Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield, and the two volume Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield. In recent years he has worked with the composer Ross Harris on several projects relating to World War I, including the opera Brass Poppies, to be performed at the next New Zealand Arts Festival; Notes from the Front, a song cycle based on the famous mathematician Aitken and his managing to smuggle a violin through both the Gallipoli and Somme campaigns; and the frequently performed Requiem for the Fallen.