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Landfall 217


Guest edited by Paula Morris

Publishers Association of New Zealand Best Review Pages 2009 finalist

• The ‘ex-pat issue’
• New poetry and fiction by NZ writers from abroad and home
• Announces/publishes the winner of the Seresin Landfall Residency 2009
• Colour portfolios by Max Gimblett and Frances Upritchard

What’s inside

New Zealand isn’t far-flung, but New Zealanders are: more than half a million of us live in other countries.

Landfall 217 explores the creative work our writers and artists are producing in or about these other places, as well as the ways travelling and living elsewhere informs our work when/if we return home. The issue features new poetry by Nick Ascroft, C.K. Stead, Diana Bridge and Mark Young, fiction by Charlotte Grimshaw, Wes Lee, Owen Marshall, Julian Novitz and Carl Shuker, artwork by Max Gimblett and Francis Upritchard, and reviews by Martin Edmond, Peter Ireland and Philip Matthews, among many others.


Poetry: Ali Alizadeh, Vahshi Bafqi, Hinemoana Baker, Diana Bridge, Emily Dobson, Andrew Johnston, John Kinsella, Alice Miller, Mohammad-Hossein Shahriar, C.K. Stead, Robert Sullivan, Marcus Turver, Alison Wong, Mark Young Fiction: Nick Ascroft, Paul Ewen, Charlotte Grimshaw, Wes Lee, Owen Marshall, Julian Novitz, Carl Shuker, Richard Von Sturmer Essays/Commentary: Matt Harris, Michael Jackson, James McNaughton, Marcus Moore, Jenni Quilter, Peter Wells The Landfall Review: Martin Edmond, Jolisa Gracewood Peter Ireland, Philip Matthews, Gregory O’Brien, Ann Pistacchi, Richard Reeve, David Williams Artwork: Max Gimblett, Gregory O’Brien (back page), Francis Upritchard

Review Quotes

‘Wisdom from Michael Jackson. No, not that one. This Jackson is the Harvard-based Kiwi anthropologist and poet: “Ours is a small country. For an intellectual or a creative artist it may feel too small … I see the same impulse among young Sierra Leoneans, struggling to get abroad.” Other intellectual expats to feature in this strong new Landfall include Francis Upritchard, Andrew Johnston, Carl Shuker, Martin Edmond and Max Gimblett.’ – Your Weekend, 25 July 2009

'Poems, short stories, articles and reviews have as their leitmotif the idea and experience of the expatriate. This move towards a unifying idea has a lot to recommend to it. Conversations can be developed, points of view compared and sharpened as different genre line up against each other with their varying insights.' – Waikato Times, 27 November 2009

'Overseas has still the power to give new insights, new verifications but the homeland is where a creative life can be successfully lived… The cultural mix can be a rewarding compost for us. The Kiwi sense of irony gets acidic treatment in Charlotte Grimshaw’s story of tourists at Ayers Rock ... Michael Jackson, poet and anthropologist observer of life in Sierra Leone and among Australian Aboriginals, has much to comment on about people who live in diverse cultural backgrounds ... Morris proves in this 217 issue that exile can be fruitful indeed.' – Wairarapa Times-Age review, 19 August 2009


Paula Morris (1965–) is a novelist and short story writer. Of English and Ngati Wai descent, she has a BA in English and History from the University of Auckland and a D.Phil. from the University of York, UK. In the early ’90s, she worked in London, moving to New York in 1994. In 2001 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at VUW’s Institute of International Letters, writing her novel Queen of Beauty, which won the 2001 Adam Foundation Prize for Creative Writing. In 2002, she began an MFA at the University of Iowa as the Glenn Schaeffer New Zealand Fellow, completed a second year of study on a Teaching-Writing fellowship, and was appointed writer-in-residence by the University's International Programs in spring 2003.

Paperback, 215 x 165 mm, 208 pp, colour
ISBN 978 1 877372 96 4, $29.95