Sirocco was the second publication of the Caxton Club Press, which had been established at Canterbury University College in 1932 by Denis Glover and seven fellow students. It was inspired by the example of Phoenix at Auckland University College. The club's first publication, Oriflamme, had been suppressed by the university's council on account of an article about sex. Sirocco was its successor, and included poems by Glover, Allen Curnow and A. R. D. Fairburn as well as a linocut by Rita Cook (later Rita Angus). Eventually the club became the Caxton Press, which helped establish Christchurch's leading role in the new literature of the 1930s.
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Linocut by Florence Akins
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