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Alan Wells

Born: 1948


Alan Richard Wells was born in Havelock, Pelorus Sound, 27-11-48. Educated Correspondence School (1954-64). Subsequently studied part-time at the Christchurch Technical Institute (1967-8), University of Canterbury (1970-1), and later, Victoria University of Wellington (1973-6, 1982-7) while pursuing various occupations including Secretary for Amnesty International NZ Section 1976-7, and Assistant Librarian for IHC 1985-8. Graduated BA in Musicology 1988. Designer, maker and player of instruments capable of microtonal and just-tuned scales. Winner of performance section of the 1987 Composers' Competition at Victoria University. Poems, haiku and visual concrete poems have been published in "Cave", "Landfall" and in the anthologies "A Fall of Leaves" (1988), "Winter's Blossom" (1989) and "Frosted Rails" (1990). Visual poems exhibited in Perth (Oct 1990). Contributed articles on musical topics to "Salient", "Canzona", "Music In New Zealand" and the "Listener".