Today I came across some sad news.
My friend and mentor, Graham Nunn, has been accused of a serious wrongdoing – plagiarism. I don’t know all the details and I am not trying to speak for him. Nor excuse what he has done, should the worst be confirmed.
But I do want to speak to his character.
Graham is one of the most genuine people I have ever had the honour of calling friend, and I feel lucky to have benefitted from his wisdom, kindness, talent and generosity of spirit. I know of few individuals who have worked harder, done more, for Australian poetry – especially in Queensland. I know there are many other poets in the country who have also benefitted from his work.
I understand there are contradictions within this post – how can a writer be called genuine if he is also called plagiarist? I don’t know, but over the last decade I found him to be such.
Chris Lynch on the issue – more eloquent than I. Through my shock I feel for everyone involved, especially those poets hurt by such developments.