Intercolonial is the title of an ambitious narrative poem by Stephen Oliver. The term refers to the shipping trade between the colonies of Australia and New Zealand. The poem deals with Oliver’s boyhood, ancestry, the Tasman Sea through to the North Atlantic. The poem as dreamscape is transformative and compelling. Intercolonial is as much about Australia as it is New Zealand. A transtasman narrative.
‘Intercolonial, fittingly, ranges wide—it’s oceanic—transtasman, transatlantic — both impressively researched and visionary.’ - Judith Rodriquez—poet and editor, Melbourne Intercolonial unburdens a tremendous hybrid swathe of Australian and New Zealand history.’ - Nicole Sprague—University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Stephen Oliver is the author of 17 volumes of poetry. Travelled extensively. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Free-lanced in Australia/New Zealand as production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. Lived in Australia for the last two decades. Currently spending an extended sojourn in NZ.