Painter Colin McCahon was so enchanted by the poetry of West Coaster Peter Hooper that he used his poems in several artworks. .
20 years after his death, Peter's published and previously unpublished poetry has finally found a home in an anthology called Rejoice Instead.
The book is being launched at the upcoming Readers and Writers Festival at the little West Coast town of Blackball.
Greymouth-born, Peter Hooper was also a novelist, teacher, environmentalist and mentor to many young writers.
Lynn Freeman speaks to the editor of Rejoice Instead, Pat White - one of Peter's former students and writer of his biography - and to David Young, who went on to publish Peter's poetry in the 1970s.
Rejoice Instead: Collected Poems: Peter Hooper is published by Cold Hub Press. It will be launched at the Blackball Readers and Writers Festival on Queen's Birthday Weekend.