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Welcome Rachel Scott

Our Publisher Wendy Harrex begins her well-earned retirement on 5 April. The University of Otago has appointed a new Publisher to head the Press.
Rachel Scott, formerly Canterbury University Press publisher for the past five years, starts at Otago University Press next week. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise Professor Richard Blaikie welcomes Rachel to OUP – one of New Zealand’s oldest and most successful University presses.
“We are extremely fortunate to have attracted a person of Rachel’s qualifications and calibre to this role, and we are all very much looking forward to working with her,” he says.
“We also wish her predecessor Wendy well for her future endeavours. Her dedicated service has resulted in a wide range of publications that have kept Otago University Press in extremely high standing.”
Under the 20-year stewardship of Wendy Harrex, the Press has grown from a small part-time operation to a highly regarded international publishing house. Each year Otago publishes about 20 scholarly and general books on subjects within New Zealand and the Pacific, with special emphasis on history, literature, the arts and natural and social sciences. Books about the South Island and Otago University also feature strongly. The Press also publishes New Zealand’s longest-running literary journal, Landfall; as well as other poetry and educational titles.
Publisher Rachel Scott’s early career includes freelance book editing and designing for almost two decades prior to her role with the Canterbury University Press, working for a number of publishers. She also spent 10 years as a sub-editor at the New Zealand Listener, as well as seven years teaching sub-editing to journalism diploma students at the University of Canterbury.
Rachel says she is looking forward to the move to Dunedin and to her new position.
“The role means more books, more staff and more challenge. It will be great to be part of a team of people all working towards the same end: production of great books,” she says.
The move has significance for her on a personal level too.
“My forebears settled near Dunedin in 1848, and although I have never lived there, in some senses I feel as if I am coming home. I am very excited about it all.”
Her job will involve acquiring books and project-managing them to publication.
She aims to continue to build the profile of OUP in New Zealand and overseas by continuing to produce high-quality books, and also to develop an ebook list.
Wendy says that among the highlights of her time at Otago University Press have been working to build a significant international publishing house, the people she has worked with in-house and in the trade, the purchase of Landfall magazine in 1994, and working for change in the industry in the Book Publishers Association. And, always, the authors and their books.

 

Writer Maxine Alterio wins Seresin Landfall Residency 2013Maxine Alterio

The fifth recipient of the Seresin Landfall Residency is Dunedin-based writer Maxine Alterio, who plans to use the residency to work on her second collection of short stories Stories Bodies Tell. This new work explores ‘the physical betrayal of bodies, the ramifications of something lost, and the emotional consequences that arise, not just for the protagonists, but also for those connected to them’. The title story has already been anthologised in Best New Zealand Fiction 3 edited by Fiona Kidman (Random House, 2006). ‘It’s a thrill and an honour to be awarded this residency, my first, which makes it doubly exciting. The timing of this gift is perfect for me,’ said Alterio.


Entries for the 2014 Seresin Landfall Residency close on 31 January 2014.

 

Otago Authors and Books in the News

Brian Patrick and Hamish Patrick
Authors of Butterflies of the South Pacific

took Alison Ballance to Kaitorete Spit, south of Christchurch, to look for butterflies for Radio NZ’s Our Changing World (podcast on Radio NZ site). Brian was one of the principal speakers last weekend at the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust Conference at Unitec, Mt Albert, Auckland. Brian talked about ‘Indigenous Lepidoptera’ and ‘Conservation and Butterflies’. Butterflies of the South Pacific of course includes New Zealand butterflies.

 

Angela McCarthy
Co-author of Far from Home: The English in New Zealand

gave her inaugural professorial lecture this week at the University of Otago on the subject of ‘Destination New Zealand: The Scottish and Irish Experience’.

 

Robin Gauld
Co-author of Dangerous Enthusiasms, The Hong Kong Health Sector, Democratic Governance and Health, and author of Continuity and Chaos: Health management in the health sector

gave his inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Otago’s Archway 1 Theatre on Tuesday 12 March at 5.30 pm. The lecture was on ‘From why to how well: Questions about New Zealand’s health system’.

 

Alan Musgrave
Secular Sermons

Professor Musgrave was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2012 Humanities Aronui Medal for his enduring and profound influence as a philosopher of science. Secular Sermons has recently been published by Mohr Siebeck in German as Weltliche Predigten.

 

Ewan Fordyce
Natural History of Southern New Zealand

Professor Fordyce is one of the editors of this important book. He was awarded the Royal Society’s Hutton Medal in 2012 for his seminal contributions in New Zealand’s vertebrate palaeontology.

 

Recent Reviews

Your Unselfish Kindness
Robin Hyde’s Autobiographical Writings

edited by Mary Edmond-Paul, ISBN 978 1 877578 21 2, $40.00
‘I intended a spruce record of life here,’ Hyde sighs, ‘—but the thread keeps catching on the thorn of a minute …’ Lucky for us. The disorder, digressions and intimacy of the narrative take us into the Lodge, and into Hyde’s last years in New Zealand, with all their obstacles, all their possibilities. Landfall Review Online, 6 March 2013

Democratic Governance & Health
Hospitals, Politics and Health Policy in New Zealand

Edited by Miriam Laugesen & Robin Gauld, ISBN 978 1 877578 27 4, $40.00

‘… there are times when even the non-specialist reader (i.e. me) has to read books like this in order to be better informed about the way the country and its essential services are run. It took much concentration and commitment to read through this book, but it was rewarding.’ Reid’s Reader, 11 February 2013

Far from Home
The English in New Zealand

Edited by Lyndon Fraser & Angela McCarthy, ISBN 978 1 877578 32 8, $45.00
‘… diverse in its approach. For instance, Greg Ryan’s chapter on English ale, colonial beer and 19th-century New Zealand drinking cultures manages to sit next to McCarthy’s research on English migrants in New Zealand asylums. Both are vital contributions, with an excellent introduction from the editors.’ – The Listener, 19 January 2012

William Colenso
His Life and Journeys

Ian St George, ISBN 978 1 877578 14 4, $65.00
‘Bagnall and Petersen’s book still stands up well … St George … summarises our changing understanding of Colenso and examines the man’s evolution.’ – Otago Daily Times, 26 February 2013
‘The introduction is, I think, a model of what such introductions should be.’ Reid’s Reader, 28 February 2013

Tuhituhi
William Hodges, Cook’s Painter in the South Pacific

Laurence Simmons, ISBN 978 1 877372 17 5, $60.00
‘Another of the very good art books Otago University Press has been putting out in recent years.’ – The Listener, 16 February 2013

Diplomatic Ladies
New Zealand’s Unsung Envoys

Joanna Woods, ISBN 978 1 877578 30 4, $49.99
‘… chooses carefully the stories she tells, each chapter shining a light into an experience that illuminates a specific aspect of the challenges of diplomatic life.’ – Otago Daily Times, 23 February 2013
‘It all looks like a bit of fun – a history of embassy wives with behind-the-scenes goings-on, cocktail chitchat and hilarious cross-cultural encounters. But Joanna Woods, herself a diplomatic wife, has written a much more ambitious and thoughtful book than that.’ – North & South, March 2013

Woods shows it was not all canapes and chit-chat, though. She finds ample detail of diplomats’ families battling stressful local conditions, incuding war and terrorist attacks. ’ NZ Listener, 16 March 2013

‘Give Your Thoughts Life’
William Colenso’s Letters to the Editor

Ian St George, ISBN 978 1 877578 14 4, $65.00
‘This is a thoroughly good read’ – Waikato Times, 21 April 2012

I whanau au ki Kaiapoi
The story of Natanahira Waruwarutu, as recorded by Thomas Green

Te Maire Tau, ISBN 978 1 877578 12 0, $30.00
‘It is an amazing, well presented, true story.’ – Waikato Times, 24 March 2012

An Accidental Utopia?
Social Mobility and the Foundations of an Egalitarian Society, 1880–1940

Erik Olssen, Clyde Griffen and Frank Jones, ISBN 978 1 877372 64 3, $49.95
‘It is a technically accomplished, highly original and intellectually stimulating work which deserves a wide readership.’ – New Zealand Journal of History, Vol. 46, No.1, 2012

Early New Zealand Photography
Images and Essays

Angela Wanhalla and Erika Wolf, ISBN 978 1 877578 16 8, $50.00
‘The breadth and variety of the selected photographic images and their accompanying texts make this book a rich and informative read.’ – Art News, Winter 2012

‘Harvey’s poetic evaluation ... confirms the eclectic richness of this anthology’ – David Eggleton, The Landfall Review Online, June 2012

Wild Heart
The Possibility of Wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand

Mick Abbott and Richard Reeve, ISBN 978 1 877578 20 5, $45.00
‘Wild Heart is a lively mixture of ideas and deserves to be read and discussed.’ – The Landfall Review Online, June 2012

Tuhituhi
William Hodges, Cook’s painter in the South Pacific

Laurence Simmons, ISBN 978 1 877578 17 5, $60.00
‘... a book of great scholarship.’ – Reid’s Reader, 14 May 2012

‘... stimulating reading.’ – North and South, June 2012

‘This would be a good addition to the library of historians with an interest in the early explorers of the Pacific.’ – Waikato Times, 21 April 2012

‘For anyone with a keen interest in New Zealand’s first Pakeha artist ... this book is a must read’ – Art News, Winter 2012

The Twelve Cakes of Christmas
An evolutionary history, with recipes

Helen Leach, Mary Browne and Raelene Inglis, ISBN 978 1 877578 19 9, $40.00
‘This is a fine example of intelligent research and commentary combined with practical and well-tested recipes that a serious cook will not want to be without.’ – New Zealand Listener, 3 December 2011

 

 

A Otago University Press title is reviewed by Paula Morris in the March issue of The Landfall Review Online:

Your Unselfish Kindness, by Mary Edmond-Paul.

Also reviewed are: The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature edited by Jane Stafford and Mark Williams, Janet Frame’s stories Gorse is not People, Jenny Pattrick’s Skylark, Lawrence Patchett’s novel I Got His Blood on Me, Huia Histories of Maori: Nga Tahuhu Korero by Danny Keenan, Ashleigh Young’s Magnificent Moon, and Big House, Small House by John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds.

Reviewers are Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Lawrence Jones, Kirstine Moffat, Paula Morris, Reina Whaitiri and Helen Watson White.

 

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Our new book Children of Rogernomics grapples with big issues. A new article investigates:

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Laurence Simmons (Tuhituhi) on Arts on Sunday, Radio NZ

Auckland University's Laurence Simmons explores the work of the 18th century painter, William Hodges, who introduced the beauty of the South Pacific to a fascinated world after travelling with Captain James Cook.

 

 

 



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Cover article on Kirstine Moffat and The Piano in Your Weekend

Click here to read the great 5-page article. For more on the book, click this link, and to order, here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Unselfish Kindness in the press

Mary Edmond Paul talks about Your Unselfish Kindness in the Massey News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Tuhituhi: Cook's Painter in the South Pacific

The first review of Tuhituhi is out! Read it at Reid's Reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Reviews

I whanau au ki Kaiapoi: The story of Natanahira Waruwarutu, as recorded by Thomas Green
Te Maire Tau, ISBN 978 1 877578 12 0, $30.00
'rewarding' – Your Weekend, 14 April 2012
'a fascinating facet of the tribe’s history.' – Waatea Radio 603AM, 11 April 2012


Piano Forte: Stories and soundscapes from colonial New Zealand
Kirstine Moffat, ISBN 978 1 877372 79 7, $45.00
'Moffat’s research is wide-ranging and interesting. The stories give a splendid patchwork history of the importance of the piano in this country in the years before talking movies, the phonograph and radio.' – Otago Daily Times, 28 April 2012 READ MORE

 

Reviews of This City

Jennifer Compton's prize-winning poetry book This City was recently reviewed in The Listener:

'With a confident understanding of how to ratchet up then relax tension over consecutive lines, Compton seems the most alert of all the poets here to poetry’s compressed dramatic powers. Also the most at ease in diverse forms, she flickflacks happily from cento, to poignant lyric, to a more postmodern, sculptural sense of white space and to type placed like small visual shocks. (Against the silences to come).

Compton’s scathing eye for the sordid and cruel and her empathy for the dispossessed suggest someone as pushed into print by a sense of political injustice as she is by a dark wit that pranks around disaster in this bracing collection.'

A review also appeared on The Landfall Review Online: 'Though the collection’s sections are ‘In Italy’, ‘In New Zealand’ and ‘In Australia’, it’s Compton’s more informal environments which construct the true poetic panorama of This City and which have the most forceful impact on the reader. Florence, Genoa, Moxham Avenue, Hataitai, ‘Palmy’ (according to the title of one of the collection’s poems), the Yarra Ranges, Kings Park: in these settings, Compton alights upon small, personal incidents and uses them to speak of things which hold universal relevance' – Landfall Review Online

 

Recent reviews

This City
Jennifer Compton, ISBN 978 1 877578 10 6, $30.00

‘This is a handsome book, a strong handsome book. Within the warmth of its hardback covers a body of poetry rests, inviting the intrepid reader to explore cities that have accommodated the poet and triggered her imagination.’ – Scoop Review of Books, 20 March 2012.

An Accidental Utopia?
Social Mobility and the Foundations of an Egalitarian Society, 1880–1940

Erik Olssen, Clyde Griffen & Frank Jones,
ISBN 978 1 877372 64 3, $49.95

‘… It also richly embellishes a project of crucial and strategic dimensions – both academically and morally – on our small, multi-faceted and sometimes precarious social and political democracy that I hope will stimulate others to follow.’ – New Zealand Sociology, Volume 26 Issue 2 2011

Dunedin Soundings
Place and Performance

Edited by Dan Bendrups and Graeme Downes,
ISBN 978 1 877578 22 9, $40.00

‘With concise chapters and a host of very readable and informed contributors, Dunedin Soundings is a valuable document for anybody wanting to learn more about the creation of music in Aotearoa.’ – NZ Musician, January 2012

Seabird Genius
The Story of L.E. Richdale, the Royal Albatross and the Yellow-eyed Penguin

Neville Peat, ISBN 978 1 877578 11 3, $45.00

‘The book is overall very well written and researched, displaying the author’s incredible attention to detail.’ – The Star, 16 February 2012

Early New Zealand Photography
Images and Essays

Edited by Angela Wanhalla and Erika Wolf, ISBN 978 1 877578 16 8, $50.00

‘Collectively, the editors and contributors prove the case that many specific skills are involved in reading old photographs rightly. But it is the moments of personal engagement that give Early New Zealand Photography its greatest appeal.’ – Reid’s Reader, 27 Februrary 2012

‘This is an absorbing selection of studies that traverses diverse subject matter.’ – Your Weekend, 17 March 2012.

India in New Zealand
Local Identities, Global Relations

Edited by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay,
ISBN 978 1 877372 85 8, $49.95

‘This book’s editor and his team must be congratulated for their personal engagement and scholarly acumen which help fill a knowledge gap on an important section of the New Zealand population from many and diverse angles.’ – The Landfall Review Online, March 2012

‘Give Your Thoughts Life’
William Colenso’s Letters to the Editor

Ian St George, ISBN 978 1 877578 14 4, $65.00

‘... a treasure trove for historians who want to see what the concerns and opinions of an articulate person in another age were.’ – Reid’s Reader, 20 February 2012

 

 

Available Now: Tuhituhi

This study of the art of William Hodges opens fresh theoretical perspectives on the representational problems raised by these early paintings produced in the South Pacific. Following Pacific Island historians of the 1960s, it argues that it is possible to read the texts and visual material produced from early South Seas encounters against the grain, as moments of cross-cultural exchange that challenge postcolonial complacencies.

Tuhituhi is presented in sections that follow the geographical and chronological progression of Cook’s voyage on the Resolution, for which William Hodges was hired as official artist, Cook’s ‘landskip painter’. Painters like Hodges found themselves staring again and again in disbelief at landscapes and seascapes that stretched 18th-century conventions of painting, such as the ‘picturesque’, the ‘sublime’ and the ‘beautiful’. Each chapter of Tuhituhi focuses on the close reading of a significant painting of a South Pacific location by Hodges. The last chapter considers the important influence of Hodges’ work on a series of paintings by the major twentieth-century New Zealand painter Colin McCahon.

Hardback, 240 x 170 mm, 352 pp, b/w and colour throughout, ISBN 978 1 877578 17 5
$60 / £34.50

 

 

Helen May Feature in The Listener

The author of a history of junior education is worried that the era of progressive solutions is past. http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/the-researched-child-in-early-education/

Helen's new book I am Five and I go To School: Early Years Schooling in New Zealand 1900-2010 is the follow-up to her succesful textbook Politics in the Playground: The World of Early Childhood in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

Landfall 222: Christchurch and Beyond reviewed in The Australian

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Recent reviews

The Twelve Cakes of Christmas: An Evolutionary History, with Recipes
Helen Leach, Mary Browne and Raelene Inglis, ISBN 978 1 877578 19 9, $40

'Once you have got your mouth watering – and it will be – you can then turn an entertaining history in to a practical cook book. No stone is left unturned – there is even a history of royal icing and instructions for how to make your own. ... Fun, enlightening, and filling. A perfect Christmas treat.' – D-Scene, 21 December 2011

Give Your Thoughts Life: William Colenso's Letters to the Editor
Ian St George, ISBN 978 1 877578 14 4, $65

'A treasure trove for historians' – Reid's Reader, 20 February 2012

'He ranged across so many topics that St George sensibly abandons any notion of grouping the letters thematically and simply presents them chronologically.' – New Zealand Listener, 14–20 January 2012  

I am Five and I go to School: Early Years' Schooling in New Zealand 1900–2010
Helen May, ISBN 978 1 877372 86 5, $49.95

'... a fascinating, thoroughly researched and eminently readable book ...' – Good Teacher magazine, Term 1 2012  

'To put it bluntly: if you're keen to understand or be a part of current debates on public education – read this book. It's a detailed but readable (and delightfully illustrated) history of our "infant rooms".' – Education Aotearoa, Summer 2012 

The Landfall Review Online (www.landfallreviewonline.com)

'... anyone interested in New Zealand literature and arts should consult them [the reviews on Landfall Review Online]. They form an integral part of Landfall's ongoing contribution to literature and the arts in New Zealand.' – Otago Daily Times, Saturday 24 December 2011  

 

Recent Reviews

Wild Heart: The possibility of wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand
Edited by Mick Abbott and Richard Reeve
ISBN 978 1 877578 20 5, $45

‘The writers are as varied a bunch as the outback itself and provide views to match … Wild Heart should clarify and enrich the way we think about a vital component of the kiwi identity.’
NZ Listener, February 11 2012

‘Otago University’s Mick Abbott and Richard Reeve have edited an important and wide-ranging book on wilderness’.
FMC Bulletin, no. 186, November 2011

Seabird Genius: The story of L.E. Richdale, the Royal Albatross and the Yellow-eyed Penguin
Neville Peat, ISBN 978 1 877578 11 3, $45

‘This gem of a book is thoroughly researched and, above all, generously illustrated.’
Forest and Bird, Issue 343, February 2012

 

 

 

Cilla McQueen

Cilla was the featured poet in the ODT on Monday 9 January. Her poem ‘Riddles’ can be found at:
www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/193659/mondays-poem


The Landfall Review Online

The first issue of 2012 is live, featuring reviews of The Parihaka Woman by Witi Ihimaera, Rangatira by Paula Morris, Dark Jelly by Alice Tawhai, Shift by Rhian Gallagher, Travesty by Mike Johnson, The Broken Book by Fiona Farrell, The Movie May Be Slightly Different by Vincent O’Sullivan, and Dark Arts by Leo Bensemann, edited by Peter Simpson. Read them all and support New Zealand books at www.landfallreviewonline.com


Landfall 222: Christchurch and Beyond

Has sold out and reprinted. Copies are available now.


Landfall 223: Fantastic!

The theme for issue 223 (May 2012) is ‘Fantastic!’ – from the gothic and the carnivalesque to the speculative and beyond. This issue is available for pre-order now.


Abbott & Reeve: Wild Heart

Mick Abbott will be interviewed on 9 till Noon on Radio NZ National on 14 February at 11.15 am. Reviews have appeared in the FMC Bulletin, NZ Listener (Nov 2011 and Feb 2012).

 

 

 


Peat: Seabird Genius

Neville Peat and ornithologist Chris Robertson will be visiting Lance Richdale’s hometown of Whanganui in early March to present his cricket bat to his old school.

 

 

 

 


Updated backlist category fliers

We have recently updated all of our backlist fliers. These are available as pdfs below or as hard copy printed in colour (order from publicity@ otago.ac.nz). Fliers are available in the following categories:

ART/ART HISTORY


BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

BUSINESS/ECONOMICS/GOVERNMENT/LAW

HISTORY

INDIGENOUS & ETHNIC STUDIES

KATHLEEN GRATTAN AWARD FOR POETRY

LITERATURE/FICTION/POETRY

MEDIA/CULTURE/LITERARY THEORY

LOCAL GUIDES

MAORI & PACIFIC

NATURAL HISTORY

OTAGO HISTORY SERIES

SOCIAL SCIENCES

SOUTH ISLAND


Reviews of landscape anthology Making Our Place

'Short chapters on very different subjects make the book easy to dip into without the reader feeling the need to read it from cover to cover in a single sitting. Even though most, if not all subjects or locations discussed will be familiar to any informed New Zealand citizen, there are many interesting and little known facts and references in every chapter. These little gems add detail to the reader's knowledge of New Zealand's history. I particularly enjoyed MickAbbott's 'Being Landscape' where as an environmental designer he illustrates how simple, well-considered, site-relevant designs can enhance, not impose modern structures on the natural environment that is open for enjoyment by the public. Overall, this is an informative and readily enjoyed work ...' – Survey Quarterly

'100% Pure? Yeah, right: could have been the alternative title of Making Our Place, which provides a thorough, informed and engaging look at the many ways our presence has shaped and scarred the Aotearoa New Zealand landscape. It reveals several sources of land-use tensions in NZ – between Maori and Pakeha, development and protection, dairying and tourism – but its key contribution is in how these tensions are managed and resolved. ... By not avoiding these issues, what is revealed is the overall tension between our own short, selective, human memories, and the capacity of the landscape to retain the scars, and memories, of our impact upon it.' – New Zealand Surveyor No. 301

 

Kathleen Grattan Award announcement

FROM JUDGE CILLA MCQUEEN:

Our best poets have a special relationship with, and respect for, language. Their work has energy, relevance, unobtrusive technique and a voice of its own which has lyrical qualities, perceptiveness, imagination and integrity. These poets work at a high level with a complex gift which they can never fully control or understand.

A collection can be a meta-poem. It has some sort of shape, organic or wrought. Its poems may cluster around a theme, or each other. A voice, both oral and literary, carries the language. The poetry holds its original spark, not extinguished by craft.

My dowsing rod divines five manuscripts. Publisher-ready, they are possibly as good as they can be, interesting examples of poetry's manifold ways and means.

Each fulfils its charter to a high degree, each has character, wit and will, speaks as best it knows how and rejoices in language. I am taken into this and that collection's parallel universe and given the world through that poet's eyes, for the length of a deep reading and beyond. How different they are.

What is poetry? If you could define it exactly it'd cease to be, for uncertainty operates at its core. Its language is under tension. It appeals to memory and to the ear. It has asked to be written and lends itself to being read. It has shape and what Vincent O'Sullivan calls 'charge'.

The poetic line is at its heart, the language heightened by image, metaphor and sound. The lyrical qualities feel unforced. The reader is aware of intelligence at work. Self-taught or workshopped? It did seem to me that a couple of collections had been overworked. Pretty well flawless, they had a slightly enervated tone.

There's courage and self-awareness, as well as literary awareness, in Nick Ascroft's verbal agility and insights, in Marty Smith's musically intelligent ear and sense of fun, in Brent Kininmont's sculpted, beautiful resonances.

Vital tension derives from the breath that carries the long lines of Albert Wendt's poetry. The Pacific oral tradition informs his unhurriedly evolving sequence. Calm, attentive to detail, his musings on the events and continuities of life are courageous, too. At the centre of this collection is the tender relationship of a couple in older age.

The breath held or expelled in wonder, frustration or delight energises Emma Neale's writing. Poems in 'The Truth Garden' take risks because they need to; in the clamour of family life they have required attention, collected thought and a spirited attitude. How else 'to stockpile time, how hoard its shine' except in poems drawn from relationships, home and garden and cast in words that 'spill like incandescence around your hands'. There's economy of language where a silence opens 'gently as a seedling thumbs its green key through the earth's soft lock.'

I congratulate Emma Neale on winning the Kathleen Grattan Award.

Highly commended:

Nick Ascroft: ‘Anonymous Phenomena’

Brent Kininmont: ‘Terminal’

Marty Smith: ‘Horse with Hat’

Albert Wendt: ‘From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden’

 

The Twelve Cakes of Christmas, by Helen Leach, available now

Helen Leach's Christmas cake book has arrived! Back orders and review copies are being sent out now. You can order here or email your request to booksales@otago.ac.nz

 

 

The Kathleen Grattan Award 2011 shortlist

This year's Kathleen Grattan Award was judged by Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen. Five poetry collections have been shortlisted from over 60 submissions.

The shortlisted manuscripts in no particular order are ...

Albert Wendt, 'From Manoa to a Ponsonby Garden'
Emma Neale, 'The Truth Garden'
Marty Smith, 'Horse with Hat'
Brent Kininmont, 'Terminal'
Nick Ascroft, 'Anonymous Phenomena'

The winner will be announced in Landfall 222 and by Lynn Freeman on Radio New Zealand National's Arts on Sunday programme on November 20.

The winner will be published by Otago University Press in 2012 and receives $16,000.

 

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The Landfall Review Online has a brand-new look!
Visit www.landfallreviewonline.com to check it out and read our October issue, full of insightful, in-depth reviews on books of poetry, literary criticism, experimental fiction and more.
Plus, comment on our Facebook page on what design you like best (you can tab between five options on the site, one is pictured above) and go in to win the upcoming Landfall 222: Christchurch and Beyond.

 

 

Books in Review

Making Our Place
Exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand
Edited by Janet Stephenson, Jacinta Ruru & Mick Abbott
ISBN 978 1 877372 88 9, $45.00
‘Here at last is a selection of possible alternatives to conflict and some sound ideas on the way forward from some of the best minds in the field .... It should be required reading for local authority officials, lobby groups and those with an interest in how we share and manage the land.’ – Waikato Times, 29 October 2011

Landfall 221: Outside In
Edited by David Eggleton
ISBN 978 1 877578 40 3, $29.95 NZ
‘It is a journal to dip into, browse and savour over time .... Anyone interested in New Zealand literature, culture and indeed, identity, will want to remind themselves how interesting Landfall is.’ – Waikato Times, 15 October 2011

An Accidental Utopia?
Social Mobility and the Foundations of an Egalitarian Society, 1880-1940
Erik Olssen, ISBN 978 1 877372 64 3, $49.95
‘The book is saved from being a dry recitation of denominational percentages, performative rituals and discursive structures by Olssen’s sweeping prose.’ – Otago Daily Times, 10 September 2011

A Great New Zealand Prime Minister?
Reappraising William Ferguson Massey
James Watson and Lachy Paterson
ISBN 978 1 877578 07 6, $40
‘… this is one of those symposia that fairly puts the received image of an historical figure to the test. It does show fairly conclusively that there is a lot more to Bill Massey than we’ve been led to believe.’ – Reids Reader Blog, 19 September 2011

‘Olssen’s essay is the stand-out piece in this book, worth the purchase price alone.’ – New Zealand Listener, 30 September 20111

Promised New Zealand
Fleeing Nazi Persecution
Freya Klier, ISBN 978 1 877372 76 6, $45.00
‘This is a remarkable story of human tragedy and the will to survive. Freya Klier has filled in much background history, and treated the personal stories she was told with dignity and truth. The book is a fitting memorial and tribute to many brave people.’ – The Southland Times, 22 October 2011

Outspoken
Coming Out in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Liz Lightfoot
ISBN 978 1 877578 08 3, $40.00

‘Buy and enjoy this book, and give it to your loved ones to read as well. It is a welcome addition to our small treasure of books about our world.’ – Tamaki Makaurau Lesbian Newsletter, September 2011

‘This is a powerful book. You don’t have to be gay or lesbian to find these stories moving. I hope that they are heard with attentiveness and respect.’ – Touchstone, October 2011

Fiona Pardington
The Pressure of Sunlight Falling
Edited by Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin
ISBN 978 1 877578 09 0, $120

‘As a document of d’Urville’s South Pacific voyage, of pre-photographic recording, of connecting with the past through the power of image, and especially the unseverable connection of ancestry, The Pressure of Sunlight Falling has a resonance far beyond the obvious.’
– D Scene, 14 September 2011

Time of the Icebergs
David Eggleton
ISBN 978 1 877578 02 1, $25.00

‘This book contains the work of a poet in the full maturity of his voice.’ – North & South, October 2011

 


The Landfall Review Online


Art and fiction dominate the September issue of The Landfall Review Online, edited by David Eggleton. Visit www.landfallreviewonline.com to read insightful, in-depth reviews on the work of Lloyd Jones, Philip Temple, Fiona Farrell, Fiona Pardington, Julian Dashper, Allan Miller and more.

 

Stunning debut of the repairing of a life wins Mary Egan Typography Award at the Book Design Awards

Christine Hansen, the wonderful designer of the late Leigh Davis' poetry book Stunning debut of the repairing of a life won the award for best typography last night in Auckland at the PANZ Book Design Awards. Congratulations to Christine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Preston interview

Joanna Preston is doing an interview with Lynn Freeman for The Arts on Sunday, live at 12.30 pm on Sunday 4th September. Joanna and Carl Nixon will be talking with Lynn about the 'Putting Words to the Feelings' panel they will be doing at the Christchurch Arts Festival.

 

Fiona Pardington in the Media

NZ Herald: feature interview with Linda Herrick
Radio NZ, Arts on Sunday: interview with Lynn Freeman, 31 July
Gulf News, Waiheke Island: interview
The Press and other Fairfax media: interview with Chris Moore
Listener review: forthcoming
Art News: profile

 

Serie Barford

The wonderful 'Papa de los pobres' by Serie Barford, winner of the 2011 Seresin Landfall Residency, is featured in Bookseller NZ's Tuesday Poem section: read it here

 

Landfall Review Online July Issue

The July issue of Landfall Review Online is now live! Featuring: A poetry round-up by David Eggleton, who reviews 7 recent volumes, David Elworthy looks at three books on Kiwi English, Graeme Lay on The Conductor by Sarah Quigley, David Herkt reviews Kendrick Smithyman's astounding translations of fourteen Italian modernist poets, + more. Visit www.landfallreviewonline.com

 

2 Otago Books shortlisted in PANZ Book Design Awards

Art book Hauaga: The Art of John Pule and Stunning debut of the repairing of a life, a poetry book by the late Leigh Davis, are shortlisted for best typography in the PANZ Book Design Awards 2011.

The judges commented of Hauaga 'The typography completes this illustrated art book, featuring a generous amount of white space and justified text set in two refined columns. A single font has cleverly been used to distinguish textual hierarchies.'


 

 

 


And on Stunning debut... : 'A large-format poetry book with centred texts is unusual. With this typography, the designer places full attention on the words and surrounding space. The design is sensitive and graceful and gives the handwritten elements the presence they deserve.'

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Fiona Moffat and Wendy Harrex (Hauaga) and to Christine Hansen (Stunning debut of the repairing of a life)!

 

Article on Landfall Review Online in Dunedin's D-Scene

http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx#

 

Media Release Thursday 2 June 2011

Otago Art Book Receives International Indie Award

Hauaga: The Art of John Pule, edited by Nicholas Thomas and published by Otago University Press, has won the Bronze Medal for Best Regional (New Zealand/Australia) Non-Fiction in the 15th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards 2011. This is the first year the Award has had an Australia/New Zealand category. 'We jumped at this opportunity,' says publisher Wendy Harrex. 'The local book awards require NZ citizenship or residency for the author/editor, which disqualified our book.'

The 'IPPY' Awards, as they are known colloquially, first launched in 1996 in the United States and are designed 'to recognise the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers, and bring them to the attention of booksellers, buyers, librarians, and book lovers around the world.' This year, medallists were chosen from 3,907 total entries: 3,059 in the national (USA) categories and 848 in the regional categories. The award-winners were honoured at a gala awards ceremony in New York on May 23rd.

John Pule is one of the most powerful and original artists of the new Oceania. From the mid-1990s his powerful, enigmatic and personal paintings attracted great interest, and his work came to be widely shown. Famously inspired by hiapo, the innovative barkcloths of nineteenth-century Niue, Pule has been fascinated by the Polynesian past and present, but his work ranges far more widely, responding both to ancestral culture, and to the global terror and violence of our time. This is the first book to deal with his art. In Hauaga, essays by leading writers – Peter Brunt, Gregory O'Brien, Nicholas Thomas – and an interview with John Pule provide several routes into his engaging and compelling works.

An associated touring exhibition of John Pule's work, curated by the Wellington City Art Gallery, will open in Christchurch later in 2011 and in Auckland in 2012. Since its release in June 2010, Hauaga has received outstanding critical and public reception and was most recently named one of the top 100 books of 2010 by the New Zealand Listener.

For more information, contact publicity@otago.ac.nz  

 

 

Landfall 221 in the Media

A nice write up about Landfall 221 from Bookman Beattie:

'It is always a happy day when the latest issue of Landfall arrives in my mail box.
Editor David Eggleton has pulled together an interesting, diverse and impressive bunch of stuff - poetry (of course), short fiction, non-fiction, art portfolios in colour by environmental artists Maureen Lander and Russell Moses, essays, diary excerpts and reviews.
Very timely are reviews of Patrick Evans' Gifted by Vincent O'Sullivan; Their Eyes Were Shining by Tim Wilson reviewed by C.K.Stead; while Elizabeth Smither reviews The Hut Builder by Lawrence Fearnley. Two of these titles were announced yesterday in the fiction short-list for the NZ Post Book Awards while the third, Gifted, is a surprise omission in the opinion of many observers.
Also reviewed, by Iain Sharp, is Lynn Jenner's Dear Sweet Harry which he considers "the most exciting local literary review of 2010. It was announced yesterday that it had won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry.
Don't miss this issue.'

Thanks Graham!

 

The Radio Room, by Cilla McQueen, shortlisted in poetry section of the NZ POST BOOK AWARDS

Congratulations Cilla, and good luck for the 27th July, when the winners are announced!

 

 

 

 

Seresin Residency winner Serie Barford on Booksellers NZ blog

A number of Serie's poems will feature on the Booksellers NZ blog in June and July: 'The Sabattier Effect' will run on Tuesday 7 June. On Tuesday 14 June the blog will feature 'Making Starfish', and on Tuesday 19 July, 'Papa de los pobres (Potatoes of the poor)'.

Visit http://booksellersnz.wordpress.com/

 

NZ Herald reviews Cilla McQueen, David Eggleton and Leigh Davis

The May 14 issue of the New Zealand Herald featured a review of three Otago University Press books (The Radio Room, Cilla McQueen; Time of the Icebergs, David Eggleton; and Stunning debut of the repairing of a life, Leigh Davis) by Auckland poet and children's author Paula Green:

'Cilla McQueen, New Zealand's Poet Laureate, has produced a terrific new collection that, like any good radio, offers a range of options for the reader', writes Green, while 'Time of the Icebergs is a sumptuous buffet – the tables laden withtropical flavours, lush colour, and the astute taste buds of the cook.' On Leigh Davis: 'Leigh Davis was one of our most innovative poets. His first book, Willy's Gazette, has resonated in its originality and daring over decades. His last book, Stunning debut of the repairing of a life, was written after surgery on a brain tumour and while undergoing radiotherapy. As he struggled to communicate he kept a notebook of poems that then became the final long poem. Sadly, he passed away before learning his manuscript had won the Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry. The first half of Stunning debut reproduces pages from his notebookwhere language is like a foreign country to grapple with. It is as though he is transmitting something from a far-off place that gets fractured accross the distance. As you travel through the visual stutterings and the hiccuping sounds of the book, you fall upon lines you want to hold to the light and marvel at.'

 

 

 

Cilla McQueen and David Eggleton interviewed on Arts on Sunday, Radio NZ National

28/11/10: Click here to listen

 

The Secret Lives of Writers

NZ Book Month has drawn to a close for another year, but not without a grand finale to celebrate Dunedin’s literary talent.

Poet David Eggleton, journalist Charmian Smith, novelist Vanda Symon, historian Neville Peat, and playwright and novelist Andrew Porteous spoke at an event held at the Dunedin City Library on 31 March, revealing the highs and lows of writing professionally.

Neville Peat has written forty books in his career, but also worked as a journalist, writing shipping news for Cape Town’s Argus newspaper and Dunedin's Evening Star in the 1970s. Peat was awarded New Zealand's highest literary prize, the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers' Fellowship, in 2007, to undertake his latest work of non-fiction, Tasman, the Biography of an Ocean.



David Eggleton is one of Dunedin’s best-loved performing poets, whose award in 1985 as London’s Time Out Street Entertainer of the Year stood him in good stead - winning the PEN Best First Book of Poetry, and becoming the University of Otago’s Burns Fellow in 1990. He has thrilled and charmed audiences ever since, not only with poetry readings but with his collaborative work with other artists. He is currently the editor of Landfall. David Eggleton was recently interviewed by Vanda Symon on the Write On radio show (part of Toroa Radio). You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

Recent books by David Eggleton:

Time of the Icebergs: Poems
David Eggleton, ISBN 978 1 877578 02 1, NZ $25.00, 2010

Landfall 221: The Environment Issue
Edited by David Eggleton
ISBN 978 1 877578 40 3, $29.95, forthcoming May 2011

Recent books by Neville Peat:

The Catlins and the Southern Scenic Route
Neville Peat, ISBN 978 1 877372 78 0, $19.95
Revised edition 2010

Peat is also the author of Wild Dunedin, Wild Fiordland, Wild Rivers, Wild Central, Queenstown, Wanaka, Stuart Island, Detours: A Journey through Small-town NZ, Kiwi: The People’s Bird, and Southern Land, Southern People.

 

Recent reviews

Doing Well & Doing Good
Ross & Glendining: Scottish Enterprise in NZ

S.R.H. Jones, ISBN 978 1 877372 74 2, $49.95
‘Weaving the strands of individual, family, and business history together, Dr Jones has produced an outstanding contribution to New Zealand’s economic history.’ – Artifacts, October 2011



Time of the Icebergs: Poems
David Eggleton, ISBN 978 1 877578 02 1, NZ $25.00
‘Eggleton is our ear to the ground and eye on the world, reminding us of the balefulness of it all, at times even sounding like some latter-day glazed-eyed prophet crying out in the wilderness streets and overcrowded shopping malls, denouncing modern-day demons.’ – Waikato Times, 25 March 2011

John Larkins Cheese Richardson:
‘The Gentlest, Bravest and Most Just of Men’

Olive Trotter, ISBN 978 1 877578 01 4, $45.00
‘This definitive biography provides an informative and fascinating insight into early New Zealand politics, and the life of a pioneer who was not afraid to voice his opinions and argue for what he saw as just causes.’ – Heritage Matters, Issue 26, Autumn 2011

Hauaga: The Art of John Pule
Edited by Nicholas Thomas, ISBN 978 1 877372 80 3, $120
‘There can be no doubt that Pule is not resting on his laurels, for he is continuing to invent himself as an artist, and still producing vital and exciting works ... His journey is well recorded in both images and text, and now in this book.’ – The Lumiere Reader, 11 March 2011


The Radio Room
Cilla McQueen, ISBN 978 1 877578 03 8, $30.00
‘[McQueen’s] newest collection of verse, The Radio Room, reinforces her standing in the poetry world’ – Waikato Times, 25 March 2011

 

 

 

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Recent Reviews

The Radio Room
Cilla McQueen, ISBN 978 1 877578 03 8, $30
‘Somehow McQueen has managed to capture the entire world and fold it between covers.’
– NZ Listener, 19 February 2011



Time of the Icebergs: Poems
David Eggleton, ISBN 978 1 877578 02 1, NZ $25.00
‘Eggleton’s gifts for the sounding line and the startling image are genuine and must be the envy of many a poet.’
– NZ Listener, 19 February 2011

 

 

 

Celebrating NZ Book Month with launch of Landfall Review Online

The clear critical voice of Landfall magazine has commented on New Zealand's literature formore than 60 years. The magazine was shortlisted for the Book Pages of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009.

However, like other print media, Landfall has found it difficult to cover the full range of significant books being published, since the number of new books increases each year.

The solution? The Landfall Review is extending out of the magazine to become The Landfall Review Online. As well as the reviews included in the two print issues each year, from today Landfall is publishing review pages online, with each monthly issue featuring six to eight reviews. An archive of back reviews will be a feature of the site.

The review pages are edited by Landfall editor David Eggleton and published with the assistance of Creative New Zealand as a one-year pilot project in reviewing New Zealand books online. Eggleton has won the Reviewer of the Year award six times and brings special expertise to the site. Typically the reviews will be substantial and will be commissioned by Eggleton from a mix of leading and emerging writers.

It is hoped that Landfall Review Online will be a service to the literary community, making readers more aware of the books that are being published, giving a wide range of New Zealand books international exposure, and leading back to the magazine as a further showcase for New Zealand writing.

Contact: Wendy Harrex Publisher, Otago University Press Tel: 03 479 4194. Email: wendy.harrex@otago.ac.n

Recent Reviews

Landfall 220: Open House
Edited by David Eggleton and Richard Reeve, ISBN 978 1 877372 99 5, $29.95

'Landfall appears to have a steady hand on the tiller. The king is dead (and so are his stewards): long live the king'. – NZ Herald, 1 Feb 2011

'Landfall has a more open feel to it …. And it is better for it. Magazines that take on new writers will sooner or later uncover something brilliant …' – Taranaki Daily News, 19 Feb 2011

 

The Radio Room
Cilla McQueen, ISBN 978 1 877578 03 8, $30.00

‘McQueen allows words to slip stream rhythmically off her tongue onto the page – delicious.’ – D Scene, 19 January, 2011

‘Her distinctive voice shimmers with just the right amount of pathos to induce repeated reads.’ – Otago Daily Times, 29 January, 2011



Time of the Icebergs: Poems
David Eggleton, ISBN 978 1 877578 02 1, NZ $25.00

‘Gasping for breath, hand rifling through hair, galloping over, under and through words, this is the David Eggleton I’m familiar with.’ – D Scene, 19 January, 2011

‘... beautiful, mysterious and uplifting ...’ – Otago Daily Times, 29 January, 2011

 

 


Food historian Helen Leach interviewed on Radio NZ National


Helen Leach, author of the recenty published OUP book, From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen, was interviewed twice on Radio National last week. Join her below as she discusses what we eat, and what we used to eat ...
Audio from 13 Jan 2011: LISTEN TO PODCAST
Audio from 20 Jan 2011: LISTEN TO PODCAST

 

 

 

 

Hauaga: The Art of John Pule named as one of the top 100 books of 2010

The Listener's team of reviewers this week named Hauaga: The Art of John Pule, edited by Nicholas Thomas, as one of the top 100 reads of 2010. The full list of recommended reading is in this week's print issue and can be viewed at this link

 

The 2010 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry Announced

dd21/11/2010 The Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry is New Zealand’s major poetry prize and in 2010 is judged by Vincent O'Sullivan.

His choice from the many collections of work submitted was 'This City' by Jennifer Compton, a long resident in Australia, who still writes as a New Zealander. Compton's volume 'sustains a questing, warmly sceptical mind's engagement with wherever it is, whatever it takes in, and carries the constant drive to say it right,' says O'Sullivan.

Jennifer Compton was born in New Zealand in 1949 and now lives in Australia. Since Jennifer sold her first poem at the age of fifteen to the Listener she has written for television, for the stage, for radio, and she also writes fiction, memoir and creative non-fiction. She has had poems in several of the rival Best Australian Poems and Best Australian Poetry books and this year she will have a poem in The Best New Zealand Poems. A book of memoir – Merrimba – is forthcoming from Ginninderra Press, as well as her winning collection for the Kathleen Grattan Award, This City, which will be published by Otago University Press in July of 2011.

Two other collections were runners-up: Ian Wedde's 'The Lifeguard' and Victoria Broome’s 'The Big Red Engine'.

About Jennifer Compton, Winner of The Kathleen Grattan Award 2010

Jennifer Compton was born in Wellington in 1949. Two of her poems were published in the NZ Listener when she was just 15 years old. In 1972 she travelled to Sydney with her husband Matthew O'Sullivan and attended the Playwrights' Studio at NIDA. The play she wrote for this course, Crossfire, jointly won the Newcastle Playwrighting Competition in 1974, premiered at the Nimrod Theatre in Sydney and was published by Currency Press. It was also presented by Downstage Theatre in Wellington in the late 1970s.

Until the early eighties, when her two children were born, Compton flew backwards and forwards across the Tasman, working in both countries. Her radio plays A Wigwam For A Goose's Bridle, Morning Glories, and Several Local Dandelions were produced by both the ABC and Radio NZ. And she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award in 1977 for her story 'The Man Who Died Twice'.

More recently Compton has concentrated on writing poetry and short prose. In 1995, her poem 'Blue Leaves' won the Robert Harris Poetry Prize and she was awarded the NSW Ministry For The Arts Fellowship, the first time this had been awarded for poetry. Her book of poetry, Blue, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Prize. A stage play called The Big Picture premiered at the Griffin Theatre in Sydney, and was performed by Circa Theatre in Wellington in the late '90s and by Perth Theatre Company in 2010. That, too, was published by Currency Press. Her book of poetry, Parker & Quink, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2005 and a new book of poetry, Barefoot, is just out from Picaro Press.

Jennifer Compton has been a guest at many literary festivals in Australia. In 2005, she was a guest at the International Festival of Poetry in Genoa. In 2006, she was a guest at the Sarajevo Poetry Festival and is booked to attend this festival again in 2011. Throughout her writing life she has considered herself a New Zealand writer. Since her children left home, she has been spending increasing amounts of time in this country. In 2008, she was Writer in Residence at the Randell Cottage in Wellington and as Massey Visiting Literary Artist in 2010, she workshopped her new stage play, The Third Age.

'This City', the manuscript that won The Kathleen Grattan Award, will be published by Otago University Press on National Poetry Day, July 2011.  

 

LANDFALL announces new permanent editor and review website

ss21/11/2010 Critic, poet and non-fiction writer David Eggleton is to be the next editor of Landfall, it was announced today. Six times winner of the Montana NZ Book Reviewer of the Year Award, and invited judge of many literary competitions around the country, Eggleton brings years of reviewing and assessment experience to the role of sifting creative writing and essays from both emerging and established writers.

‘At a time when New Zealand books are becoming less visible in other media, David will bring his special expertise as a reviewer to The Landfall Review and, early in 2011, with the assistance of funding from Creative New Zealand, he will expand this part of the magazine on to the internet in The Landfall Review Online,’ says Landfall publisher Wendy Harrex of Otago University Press.

Also announced in Landfall 220 are the winners of two competitions. Winner of The Landfall Essay Competition, judged by Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen, is Wellington writer Ian Wedde's 'The Grass-Catcher': 'His search for and examination of the twin within is honest and tender,' she says. Runners-up are John Newton, writing about the impact of European refugees on our culture, and Tim Corballis, on our changing cities. An essay on nursing by Stephanie de Montalk is highly commended.

The Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry is New Zealand's major poetry prize and in 2010 is judged by Vincent O'Sullivan. His choice from the many collections of work submitted? 'This City' by Jennifer Compton, long resident in Australia, who still writes as a New Zealander. Compton's volume 'sustains a questing, warmly sceptical mind's engagement with wherever it is, whatever it takes in, and carries the constant drive to say it right,' says O'Sullivan. Two other collections were runners-up: Ian Wedde's 'The Lifeguard' and Victoria Broome's 'The Big Red Engine'.

Landfall 220 is themed 'open house' and makes an exhilarating read. There's new voices, an eclectic range of poetry, a whole bunch of 'first-person' fictions, reviews of dozens of recent New Zealand books, and terrific artwork by Max Oettli and Andrew Ross.  

 

2010 Landfall Essay Competition Winner Announced

21/11/2010 Winner of The Landfall Essay Competition, judged by Poet Laureate Cilla McQueen, is Wellington writer Ian Wedde's 'The Grass-Catcher': 'His search for and examination of the twin within is honest and tender,' McQueen says. This essay will be published in Landfall 220: Open House, out on November 22 2010.

Runners-up are John Newton, writing about the impact of European refugees on our culture, and Tim Corballis, on our changing cities. An essay on nursing by Stephanie de Montalk is highly commended.

Our warm congratulations to Ian, who was also a runner-up in this year's Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry.

About Ian Wedde, Winner of the Landfall Essay Competition 2010

Born in New Zealand in 1946, Ian Wedde grew up in (then) East Pakistan and England, went to university in Auckland (M.A. 1st Class Honours). He is a poet, novelist, essayist, and curator and has published fourteen collections of poetry, five novels, two books of essays, and numerous edited books, anthologies, and art catalogues. His awards include New Zealand book awards for both poetry and fiction, and, as editor, for art book design; the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship at Menton; a Laureate of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand; Distinguished Alumnus of Auckland University; Michael King Fellow at the University of Auckland; and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Wedde has been poetry critic for the London Magazine, art critic for the Wellington Evening Post, and Head of Art and visual Culture at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. His most recent books are a novel, Chinese Opera (VUP 2008); a book of poems, Good Business (AUP 2009), and an art monograph, Bill Culbert: Making Light Work (AUP/RGAP 2009). A new novel is due from VUP in early 2011. He is currently writing a screen-play of the novel Chinese Opera, and a book about the meaning of home, The Grass-Catcher, an extract from which won the Landfall Essay Competition 2010. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with his wife Donna Malane, a screen-writer, television and film producer, and novelist.  

 

 

New Reviews of Tarara, Lighted Windows, Mad or Bad, Beyond the Scene, Hauaga and More ...

Beyond the Scene
Landscape and Identity in Aotearoa
New Zealand
Co-Edited by Janet Stephenson, Mick Abbott & Jacinta Ruru, ISBN 978 1 877372 81 0, $45.00
'These are wonderful stories and the editors need to be applauded for bringing them to us at this time in our evolving history.' – Waikato Times, 22 Oct 2010

Mad or Bad?
The Life and Exploits of Amy Bock
Jenny Coleman, ISBN 978 1 877372 71 1, $49.95
'It reads like a series of adventures, though it can't have been easy to separate truth from fiction.'
– Heritage Matters, Issue 24, Spring 2010

Lighted Windows
Critical Essays on Robyn Hyde
Edited by Mary Edmond Paul, ISBN 978 1 877372 58 2, $40.00
'It is an excellent book of a consistently high standard and adds much to our understanding of Hyde’s place in the story of her country's literature.'
– Years Work in English, vol. 89, no. 1, Sept 2010

Facing the Music
Charles Baeyertz and The Triad
Joanna Woods, ISBN 978 1 877372 55 1, $45.00
'Woods covers the life of Baeyertz and of the journal with both enthusiasm and critical understanding, making her book a major contribution to cultural history in a period that is relatively unfamiliar to modern readers.'
– Years Work in English, vol. 89, no. 1, Sept 2010

Tarara
The Cultural Politics of Croat and Maori Identity in New Zealand
Senka Bozic-Vrbancic, ISBN 978 1 877372 09 4, $49.95
'... Tarara is well written and only seldom descends into jargon, despite a very heavy theoretical base. The variety of sources employed is commendable and ranges from interviews and photographs to historical records. These are further enhanced by the use of illustrations which complement and highlight the text.'
– Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 45, No. 2, September 2010

Hauaga
The Art of John Pule

Edited by Nicholas Thomas, ISBN 978 1 877372 80 3, $120
'Hauaga – and all it contains – is a thing of terrifying beauty.'
Sunday Star Times, 26 Sept 2010

 

 

Cilla McQueen Receives the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement

On 18 October, Cilla McQueen was honoured in the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement. Three writers were recognised in the categories of non-fiction (James McNeish), poetry (McQueen) and fiction (Joy Cowley).

Administered by Creative New Zealand, each writer receives $60,000 in recognition of their significant contribution to New Zealand literature.

Cilla McQueen is the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2009–2011 and has published over 10 volumes of poetry. She has won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry three times. Her first collection, Homing In, also won the 1983 Jessie MacKay Award.

McQueen has also held the University of Otago's Burns Fellowship and a Fulbright Visiting Writers' Fellowship.

Coverage of the award featured in The Dominion Post, The Southland Times, The Marlborough Express and The Sunday Star Times.

Cilla’s latest volume of poetry is The Radio Room, out now.

Congratulations Cilla!

 

 

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