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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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.
We’re lucky enough to have Eileen Merriman judging the Takahē Short Story Competition 2017. Novels aside, her short fiction has been widely published and commended, and appears with prodigious frequency in the Sunday Star-Times Competition, among others. Of course we want to know exactly how she does it.
“The first draft is crap,” she said in a recent interview. It’s something she learned early on in her writing career. See? I told you we were lucky to have her. She knows exactly how much hard work will be going into all the entries to this year’s competition.
If you’re after inspiration for your Takahē entry, read Eileen’s second-placed Bath Flash Fiction Award story, This Is How They Drown. It’s unmissable for its summer-fresh prose and mastery of tension. And don’t miss Artichoke Tears right here in Takahē, for its innovative structure and enduring bittersweetness.
Or, if you’re brewing fresh coffee and stretching your back before launching into another draft before the November 30th deadline, take heart. As Eileen says, “Writing is like anything – you need to put in the hours.”
Thanks to those of you who’ve already submitted a story or two to our 2017 Short Story Competition. And to those of you who haven’t yet entered, a wonderful way to spend the coming weekend would be writing a winning story, or, if you have one that you prepared earlier, honing and editing it to make it your best ever. In other words get writing! I’m looking forward to an avalanche of entries in the coming weeks. You have until November 30th but why wait until the deadline? Look at our competition page for more information and you can find a story written by our judge, Eileen Merriman, in our current on-line issue.
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