Heather McPherson 1942–2017
Heather McPherson, Spiral’s founder and a co-founder of The Women’s Gallery, died in Hamilton this morning, aged 74. Poet, visionary activist, devoted mother and grandmother and beautiful and beloved friend of many, she was still working almost to the end.
Last week, she saw the completed manuscript for her collection this joyous, chaotic place: THE GARDEN POEMS, edited by Janet Charman and heard some of the poems read.
Here’s the poster for Heather’s first collection in 1982, also the first New Zealand collection by an out lesbian.
Heather’s funeral is in Hamilton Monday 6 January 2016, at Seddon Park Funeral Home, 49 Seddon Road, Frankton, Hamilton, at 1.30pm. And then at the Pavilion, Hamilton Gardens. Instead of flowers, donations to Women’s Refuge are welcome.
Anna Keir’s drawing of the first Women’s Gallery collective, from a photograph by Fiona Clark, with Heather third from right between Anna Keir and Bridie Lonie.