Issue 117 Autumn 2017

Volume 27 | Number 1 | Issue 117 | Autumn 2017   Editorial Letter Kevin Ireland: Adam Dudding, My Father’s Island: A Memoir Helene Wong: Tyl von Randow, Red Dust Over Shanghai: A Shanghai-New Zealand Memoir 1937-1954 Martin Edmond: Nick Bollinger, Goneville: A Memoir; … Continue reading

Poem — Fleur Adcock

The Old Government Buildings There it sprawls, embodying magnitude – but also symmetry – not sure whether to label itself “buildings” or “building”. Dignity would demand the plural, but “Largest wooden building in the southern Hemisphere” denotes it as … Continue reading

Poetry and politics, Sarah Sharp

Robert Burns: Poet and Revolutionist Harry Holland (Dougal McNeill ed) Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9780947493172 Writing during the 1920s, Harry Holland describes the celebration of Burns Night as an event which unites Scots around the world: be the Scot where he may, in the wilds of … Continue reading

Writing about writing, Anne Else

Talk of Treasure  Jane Carswell Submarine, $35.00, ISBN 9780994137913 How do you depict the process of writing? Very few of the many films about writers try to show their protagonist actually doing it. Doctor Zhivago demonstrates why: Omar Sharif sits at his desk, stares into space, writes … Continue reading

Poetic truths, Helen Heath

In a Slant Light: A Poet’s Memoir Cilla McQueen Otago University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9781877578717 When I read Elizabeth Knox’s personal essays The Love School, in 2008, I finally realised that a writer’s past is whatever they say it is. I was exhilarated by this belated epiphany; it … Continue reading