Those prolific North Shore writers Graeme Lay and Kevin Ireland remember Sargeson with great affection. As does the ever-loyal Christine Cole Catley. Ireland reminds us of how Sargeson remained ever fearful of the law after his 1929 arrest for ‘assault on a male’ and both Ireland and Lay make the point that Sargeson was a writer who happened to be homosexual rather than a homosexual writer. Unsurprisingly, Peter Wells identifies Sargeson as a gay writer. Lay sardonically observes, ‘ . . . Frank had little time for the Gay Rights movement, and he thought that the movement’s appropriation of the word “gay” was just silly.’ Are both points of view valid?
MICHAEL MORRISSEY is a novelist, short-story writer, poet and anthologist. He recently published a memoir entitled Taming the Tiger. He is the 2012 Writer-in-Residence at The University of Waikato, where he has completed two books due for publication this year: Memory Gene Pool (Cold Hub Press) and Tropic of Skorpeo (Steam Press).