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Just one more sleep before the launch of the latest issue – takahē 88! Even if you can’t make it to the launch party at the Woolston Hop tomorrow night, I hope you’ll raise a celebratory glass with us to mark the occasion. Or perhaps lift a mug of coffee in salute as you brighten your morning by browsing the samples that will be posted online. Or tap a biscuit against a mug of tea as you flick through the pages of your subscriber’s copy, fresh from its wrappers.

Discover … who won the 2016 Takahē Poetry Competition, and why; what happens in the the Embassy of ’Waiki; which body part our guest poet has penned an ode to; whether Gavin’s gift of pancakes had the desired effect; the extent of sheep’s awareness of the music of Joan Armatrading; why Julia Holden painted 1000 portraits of actor Geoffrey Rush; and what exactly another poet says she could prove “if I had another life / and another husband”.

These and many more poems, stories, essays, articles and reviews await your pleasure in the pages of takahē 88.
Go on, you know you want to.

A simple way to show your support

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The observant among you will have noticed a small change to the takahē website – the appearance of a Donate button at the bottom of the page. Like most literary magazines, our survival is heavily dependant on a combination of subscriptions and grants from various funding bodies. While we’d really love it if you would subscribe to the magazine as whole, we do realise that some of you simply can’t afford to, or don’t want to have paper copies accumulating in a book case somewhere.

Here’s what we’re asking instead: if you like what we’re doing, if you enjoy reading the work we publish, if one of our editors sent you a useful response to a submission, or even if you’re just feel in a slightly generous mood today, please consider clicking the donate button below and sending us a little love back, via Paypal. Your donation will help us keep doing what we do.

Thanks.

TAKAHĒ 88 – LAUNCH PARTY

Our first launch party was such a good night that we want an excuse for another! holly

So we’ve planned a launch for takahē 88 – and to celebrate the end of another writing and publishing year.

To be held at:

Venue: Upstairs at The Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Road, Woolston

Date: Wednesday 14 December

From: 6.30pm                                          balloons

Readers and Writers, come and meet, greet, eat and hear contributors to takahē 88 read from their work.

Subscribers and Contributors, collect your copy of the magazine and avoid the vagaries of NZ Post and the Christmas mail. takahē 88 is a print issue. Buy extra copies as Christmas presents [current issue $20; back copies $5].

See you there! We’d love to see new faces as well.

A little taste of 88

The Artist: Margaret Stoddart (Hannah Beehre) (2016) C-type print, 700mm x 560mm. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Julia Holden The Artist: Margaret Stoddart (Hannah Beehre) 2016. C-type print, 700mm x 560mm. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

With our next issue rapidly winding its way through the processes of layout, proofing and printing, it’s time for a sneak peek at the arts content. Takahē 88 features an interview between art historian Petrena Fishburn and local artist Julia Holden, which concentrates on Holden’s distinctive brand of ‘performance painting’. Several of the accompanying images were created for a new project, Lyttelton Redux, which will be launched tonight in Lyttelton (more details here). More than twenty local identities, including artist Hannah Beehre (as shown above) and Adam McGrath, frontman for the acclaimed band The Eastern, have been painted – literally covered in paint – by Holden to resemble a host of historic characters with connections to the township. These include legendary Canterbury flower painter Margaret Stoddart, notorious sheep rustler James McKenzie and Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. The resulting photographic portraits will be displayed in businesses around Lyttelton until March and a map of their locations is available from 50 Works Gallery at 50 London Street.

 

 

Inaugural Takahe Essay Competition

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To kick off a bumper 2017 season of competitions, we are running our Inaugural Essay Competition.

This is the perfect opportunity to meld your creative and your academic brain. A sort of left right merger. We are looking for works with a clear point of view on any topic relating to arts and/or culture in Aotearoa New Zealand or the broader Pacific. As most writers have something to say about something then choosing a topic should be the easy bit. The fun bit is the chance to present a rational and logical argument that methodically analyses and evaluates your chosen topic.

If you are unsure about the structuremillie editing of an essay then I recommend that you contact Mr Google. When I entered ‘helpful hints for writing an essay’ I was flooded with possible reads offering tips and examples.

Give yourself a break from the poems and stories, have a go at writing an essay.

Or, if you already have a couple on hand, dust them off and send them in. Erin (our judge) has cleared a space in her diary and is looking forward to reading your work. Don’t forget the 15 February deadline. Entry form and rules  can be found on our Competitions page.

The holiday break is the ideal time to kick-back and think about stuff. And we want to know what you are thinking about. – Go on, share.three takahe