Marie Le Lievre – our featured artist for Issue 91

Coming very soon….Dr Maria Walls, interdisciplinary fine artist and writer, writes about the work of artist Marie Le Lievre, whose work features on our beautiful front cover.

“There is a flash of live energy, an atmosphere of announcement, which must surely reflect Le Lievre’s own sense of defiance in making such work. These paintings are such essential reductions – intrepid colours, audacious shapes – yet all the elements unite to spawn knotty emotion.”

Charm Lore (Panel) graphite, oil, gesso. ink on wood panel 600 x 600mm

And our guest poet is…..

…Doc Drumheller!

The takahē team have been hard at work over the past couple of months and we are very excited to bring Issue 91 your way in a few weeks time, including new work from poet Doc Drumheller.

Well-known for his performance poetry in Aotearoa and overseas, Doc has worked in award-winning groups for theatre and music and has published 10 collections of poetry. He lives in Oxford, where he edits and publishes the literary journal Catalyst.

Here’s what he has to say about his new work in takahē – “Travel inspires many of my poems and these were all composed in pocket notebooks while I visited Sofia, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City and Guanajuato, during several poetry tours with performances at international poetry festivals, conferences, and cultural events. ”

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A tempter for Issue 91

Issue 91 is coming your way soon and we are very pleased to include an essay by Alie Benge, a winner in this years Landfall Essay Competition

Here’s what judge, David Eggleton had to say about Alie’s winning essay.

“Alie Benge’s essay, ‘Shitfight’, which is about raw army recruits in Australia being prepared for a theatre of war in the Middle East, has a physicality and dynamic urgency to it that stopped me in my tracks,” says Eggleton.

Tempted to read more – not long now.

Fiction for Issue 91 ready to go

Thank you to all the fiction writers who shared your work with Jane and myself for our upcoming issue – it was a privilege to be able to read so many varied stories from writers we know well, and those who have sent work to takahē for the first time.

Varied voices and themes told stories about relationships with family, community and the world, spanning from rural New Zealand to Italy and the United States. The stories we selected connected with us no matter their location or characters. We look forward to sharing them with you in December