The Uppish Hen and other poems

Robin Hyde (ed. Juanita Deely)


A previously unpublished collection by Robin Hyde, one of NZ’s finest authors/ journalists, written for her son, Derek Challis. Richly illustrated by Glenorchy artist Dïne.

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About the book

In 1934, four-year-old Derek Challis found a homemade book in his Christmas stocking. On the typed pages bound with pink ribbon were poems written for him by his mother, the writer Robin Hyde. Derek, known as Derry, treasured the gift and could recite the poems until his death in 2021. Hyde hoped the collection would be published “one fine day” and that fine day has come.

About the author

Robin Hyde (1906–1939) is the pen-name of Iris Wilkinson, who grew up in Wellington and became one of New Zealand’s most significant writers of poetry, fiction and journalism. She did much to challenge the boundaries of women’s writing, and was one of the first woman war correspondents to go behind the lines of the Sino-Japanese War. She is the author of ten books of prose and poetry.

Dïne is a French illustrator and storyteller. She lives by Lake Wakatipu, where she illustrates books and poetry.

Juanita Deely is a writer living in the Wairarapa. She wrote and directed a film about Robin Hyde and Derek Challis called A Home in this World (2018).


Dimensions: 210 x 210 mm
Number of pages: 40
Binding: hard cover