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Heather McPherson
(1942-2017)

The poet Heather McPherson lived in New Zealand and had a strong influence on lesbian feminist writing and publishing there throughout her life. She set up the Spiral collective in the 1970s, which published Spiral to  encourage women writers and artists. Keri Hume's first book, The Bone People, which won the Booker Prize in 1985, was published through the Wellington Spiral collective.

Just one year after her death, Spiral is to be published again to showcase McPherson's poetry.

Heather McPherson contributed several poems to Idler. In her biographical information to Idler, she said she was "conscious always of injustices. Feminism saved my life, lesbian feminism saved my sanity; I realised with education one can find words to be in touch with others."