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News of a forthcoming ‘Denis Kevans Memorial Concert Fundraiser for Chemical Warfare Victims of the Vietnam War’ (Sydney, 23 August 2015) brought back memories, and because Denis was never far away from both the making and study of history, a few notes seem appropriate……. Denis Kevans (1939-2005) was a songwriter, folk singer, public servant, labourer on building sites, trade unionist, teacher, journalist, but mostly he was a poet. We met in 1965, and I published a couple of his now classic anti-war poems in the Sydney University student newspaper honi soit. Our association continued thereafter until his death from complications arising from heart surgery.