All Blacks poet offers poems to readers

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All Blacks poet John Richard Bryan received such a positive response to a story on his verse and charity support which featured in The Ashburton Courier in August, that he is giving away framed copies of three of his latest works.

Titled An Epic at Loftus, A Thriller at Twickers and A Thrashing at Roma, the poems celebrate and immortalise All blacks success.

Mr Bryan is keen to see them snared by All Blacks fans and keen readers of the paper, and with Christmas approaching, reckons now is a good time to offer them.

The exclusive poems spell out the words ‘All Blacks’, help to tell the story of each game, and feature the teams, scores and scorers.

“I was just so impressed with how my story in The Courier caught the eye of people around the country.

“I received 53 requests for my poem celebrating the Crusaders Super Rugby title and was blown away with the response,” he said.

Mr Bryan said he had sent framed copies away, charging just the cost of postage and framing, and had invited the recipients to make a donation to charity.

“I suggested either St John, Hospice or the Salvation Army, but some people also chose other charities close to their heart, which was just fine by me.”

The benevolent wordsmith was recently approached by a rugby fan of Irish descent, who is also a member of the Irish Society in New Zealand, and asked if he could immortalise the recent Irish victory over the All Blacks.

Up for the challenge, Mr Bryan came up with a poem.

A copy of it will be presented to the Irish ambassador in Wellington soon and other copies will be auctioned through the Irish Society, with proceeds going to St John.

be in to win one of three All Blacks celebratory poems from John Richard Bryan, email to office@ashburtoncourier.co.nz, or put your name and number in a box on the front desk of our office at 199 Burnett Street. Entries close on December 14.