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Landfall 246: Spring 2023

Edited by Lynley Edmeades

Landfall 246 features exciting new literature and art from across Aotearoa, including stunning new fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews and art. Landfall 246 also announces the winner of the 2023 Landfall Essay Competition, Aotearoa’s prestigious annual essay competition, the winner of the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award, selected by 2023 judge, poet and novelist Anne Kennedy , and the winners of the 2023 Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize, selected by 2023 judge, poet Rhian Gallagher.

History of New Zealand and its Inhabitants

By Dom Felice Vaggioli and translated by John Crockett

A new edition of a rare and sought-after book. History of New Zealand and its Inhabitants is the English translation of Italian monk Dom Felice Vaggioli’s radical, prescient appraisal of British colonisation in Aotearoa. Vaggioli was one of the first Benedictine priests to be sent to Aotearoa New Zealand, and while working in Auckland, the Coromandel and Gisborne during the years 1879–1887, he observed lifestyles and customs and gathered information about the country’s history, including first-hand accounts of the signing of Te Tiriti and the conflicts in Taranaki and Waikato . The Italian version of his book about Aotearoa was destroyed in Europe due to its anti-Protestant and anti-British views, but was later discovered and translated into English by John Crockett in 2000. This 2023 edition brings Vaggioli’s unique document into the public eye once more.

Robert Lord Diaries

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Edited by Chris Brickell, Vanessa Manhire and Nonnita Rees

Robert Lord (1945–1992) is an important figure in the history of literature and theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand. He wrote incisive and often satiric radio and stage plays, experimenting with traditional theatre forms and incorporating queer characters at a time when almost nobody else did. His enduring work includes such audience favourites as Well Hung, Bert and Maisy and Joyful and Triumphant. In 1973, he co-founded Playmarket, New Zealand’s playwrights’ agency and publisher. Lord also wrote eight lively, candid and absorbing diaries, now published for the first time. Witty and incisive, his diary entries tell of torn loyalties and reveal the intense creative momentum Lord forged from his dislocated, outsider status.

When I Reach for Your Pulse When I Reach for Your Pulse cover

by Rushi Vyas

In this electrifying debut, Rushi Vyas untangles slippery personal and political histories in the wake of a parent’s suicide. In this tough and tender, gently powerful collection, grief returns us to elemental silence. This language listens as much as it sings, asking if it is possible to recover from the muting effects of British colonialism, American imperialism, patriarchy and caste hierarchies. Which cultural legacies do we release in order to heal? Which do we keep alive, and which keep us alive?

Tung Tung cover

by Robyn Maree Pickens

Tung is the keenly anticipated debut collection from award-winning Ōtepoti-Dunedin poet, Robyn Maree Pickens. Pickens is an eco-pioneer of words, attuned to the fine murmurings of the earth and to the louder sound and content of human languages (English, Spanish, Japanese and Finnish). These poems offer sustenance and repair to a planet in the grips of a socio-ecological crisis.

Strong Words 3

Selected by Emma Neale and Lynley Edmeades
Strong Words 3 cover. Book title with artwork made up of words

Strong Words 3 showcases the best of the best of Aotearoa New Zealand’s contemporary essays from 2021 and 2022, selected from entries into the Landfall Essay Competition. Strong Words 3 is packed with Aotearoa New Zealand’s most compelling new writing on contemporary issues, tackling topics such as grief, lost language, poetic childhood recollections, gender, the long aftermath of colonisation, the nature of traumatic memory, and working as a comedian while solo parenting.

At the Point of Seeing

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By Megan Kitching

At the Point of Seeing is the extraordinary debut collection from Ōtepoti Dunedin poet Megan Kitching. Poised, richly observant and deftly turned, Kitching's poems bestow a unique attention upon the world. Her eye is finely attuned to the well-trodden yet overlooked – the places between 'dirt and thumb' or 'together and alone' – and especially the weedy, overgrown and pest-infested places where the human impulse to name, control and colonise meet nature's life force and wild exuberance.

LF 245 cover websiteLandfall 245: Autumn 2023

Edited by Lynley Edmeades

Landfall 245, Autumn 2023 edition, announces the winner of the 2023 Charles Brasch Young Writers' Essay Competition, a yearly competition that encourages young, up-and-coming writers to explore the world around them through words. Also featured in Landfall 245 is exciting new literature and art from across Aotearoa, bringing together our country's blend of unique voices to create a vibrant new issue that celebrates our wonderful writers, artists and reviewers.

KM's Europe cover websiteKatherine Mansfield's Europe

Station to Station

By Redmer Yska

Beautifully written and illustrated with maps and stunning photography, Katherine Mansfield's Europe is part travelogue, part literary biography, part detective story and part ghost story. Guided by Mansfield's journals and letters, Redmer Yska pursues the traces of her restless journeying in Europe, seeking out the places where she lived, worked and – a century ago this year – died.

Afermaths cover websiteAftermaths

Colonialism, Violence and Memory in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Edited by Angela Wanhalla, Lyndall Ryan and Camille Nurka

Aftermaths explores the life-changing intergenerational effects of colonial violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Written by leading scholars of colonial and Indigenous histories, this collection of illustrated essays reflects on a range of events through a variety of perspectives, including personal experiences, family stories, collaborative research, oral and literary histories, commemoration activities and contemporary artworks.

Bridge Deep Colour websiteDeep Colour

by Diana Bridge

Deep Colour, by acclaimed poet Diana Bridge, is a fiercely sensory and meticulously crafted collection. These poems respond with graceful precision to the immediate physical world, and meditate on time, beauty and the nature of being. These prismatic poems, which include some exquisite translations of poems by the fifth-century Chinese poet Xie Tiao, are fully immersed in the world, vividly alive to the dance of light and shadow, movement and stillness, sound and silence.

Respirator Cover WebsiteRespirator

A Poet Laureate Collection 2019–2022

by David Eggleton

Respirator is a sumptuous celebration of David Eggleton's tenure as the Aotearoa NZ Poet Laureate (2019–22). Here, Eggleton explores how the social changes and upheavals of the past four extraordinary years manifested in Aotearoa NZ, from the impact of living through a pandemic to ecological concerns, technological changes, and shifting viewpoints about identity and global consumerism.

Histories of Hate Histories of Hate website

The Radical Right in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Matthew Cunningham, Marinus La Rooij and Paul Spoonley

Histories of Hate: The Radical Right in Aotearoa New Zealand explores intolerance and extremism in Aotearoa New Zealand, from the precursors of the radical right during British settlement in the late nineteenth century to today's QAnon conspiracists and keyboard warriors.

Letter to 'OumuamuaLtO Norcliffe website

James Norcliffe

In Letter to 'Oumuamua, James Norcliffe applies a cool, clear eye to human life on Earth and makes succinct observations that traverse the personal and political. Grounded in the local but encompassing the global, they range through subjects such as commuting, insomnia and faltering health to the contemplation of current events and issues such as gun violence and climate change.

Frances Edmond cover websiteAlways Going Home

Lauris and Frances Edmond: A mother and daughter story

Frances Edmond

Always Going Home is the compelling personal story of Frances Edmond's relationship with her 'beloved, complicated, difficult' mother, the award-winning poet Lauris Edmond (1924–2000). Told through memories, family recollections, and the 'goldmine' of Lauris's correspondence and diaries, Frances takes a more intimate look at areas of Lauris's private life than have been detailed in previous family histories and autobiographies.

LANDFALL 244 cover websiteLandfall 244: Spring 2022

Edited by Lynley Edmeades

In Landfall 244, editor Lynley Edmeades brings together a range of voices and perspectives, from established practitioners to emerging talent. The result is an exciting anthology that has its finger on the pulse of innovation and creativity in Aotearoa today.

O me voy o te vas websiteO me voy o te vas / One of us must go

Rogelio Guedea
With translations by Roger Hickin

In O me voy o te vas / One of us must go, love is a powerful magnet that attracts and repels in equal measure. In language both lyrical and spare, Guedea examines what it means to share one's life with another person and questions whether – and how – love can survive reality's steady tap-drip repetitions. Here is a true love story, a chronicle of romantic survivalism

Fossil Treasures of Foulden MaarLee Foulden Maar website

A window into Miocene Zealandia

Daphne Lee, Uwe Kaulfuss and John Conran

In Fossil Treasures of Foulden Maar, authors Daphne Lee, Uwe Kaulfuss and John Conran share their passion and knowledge for Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand, a paleontological site of international significance and home to countless rare, well-preserved fossils. This illustrated book reveals Foulden Maar's unique paleontological discoveries and takes a snapshot of ecosystems at the beginning of the Miocene.

Naming the BeastsMorton Beast cover website

Elizabeth Morton

Naming the Beasts is a menagerie of poems about the gnarlier aspects of being a creature of this world. Within these pages wilderness and suburbia collide. Hoof and hide, fang and gut, these images and insights are those of an artist in a war zone intent on chronicling beauty in a world that's falling apart. Morton's poems take a bite out of the world around us, as they explore reality through the vitality and immersiveness of their imaginative powers.

Notes on Womanhood Notes on womanhood website

Sarah Jane Barnett

After Sarah Jane Barnett had a hysterectomy in her forties, a comment by her doctor that she wouldn't be “less of a woman” prompted her to investigate what the concept of womanhood meant to her. Part memoir, part feminist manifesto, part coming-of-middle-age story, Notes on Womanhood is the result.

New Zealand NursesWood NZ Nurses website

Caring for our people 1880–1950

Pamela Wood

Pamela Wood's New Zealand Nurses draws on a wealth of stories to identify the values and traditions of the nursing culture from 1880 – when 'modern nursing' started to emerge – to 1950, after NZ had severed its final tie as part of the British Empire.

Landfall 243LANDFALL 243 website

Lynley Edmeades (ed)

Landfall 243 is the second edition from new editor Lynley Edmeades. Landfall is New Zealand's foremost and longest-running arts and literary journal. It showcases new fiction and poetry, as well as biographical and critical essays, and cultural commentary.

Steven Night School cover websiteNight School

Michael Steven

Winner of the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award 2021, poet Michael Steven's Night School explores the gap between fathers and sons, the effects of toxic masculinity, how power corrupts and corrodes, and whether weed, art and aroha can save us in a godless world.

Charman Pistils websiteThe Pistils

Janet Charman

The Pistils is a dispatch from the cusp of change. It appears at the severing of a 40-year relationship following the illness and death of poet Janet Charman's partner during the COVID restrictions. Here, she chronicles her experience with transition – to the digital age, to single life, to carbon neutral.

Anzac Nations coverAnzac Nations

The legacy of Gallipoli in New Zealand and Australia, 1965–2015

Rowan Light

In Anzac Nations, Rowan Light examines the myth-making around Anzac and how commemoration has evolved in New Zealand and Australia. He examines the changing meanings of Anzac from the 1960s to the 1980s; the expanded role of the state since 1990; and the responses from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

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