Any day now, the most recent issue of takahē – #85 – should be arriving in letterboxes all over the country. I hope it pleases you as much as it pleases us, especially in the wake of having to cancel the winter issue of the magazine.
The guest poet is ex Poet Laureate, Vincent O’Sullivan, who has a delicious offering of eight poems – you can read one, the lovely Anniversary, here. One thing to mention is that Vincent made a small change in the poem in the time between us sending the issue off to the printers and the writing of this post. The version here on the website is his corrected version. (Be interesting to see if anyone notices what it is that has changed …)
We also have the winning and second placed poems from this year‘s Poetry Competition (you can read the judge’s report here), as well as the work of twelve other poets, hailing from places as various as Toronto (Canada), Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hastings, Palmerston North, and Wanaka. (Not to mention Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.)
In the New Year I’ll be posting about one of the poems in this issue in a bit more detail, and talking about what it was in that poem that made me choose it. Until then, have a wonderful summer break, and may your reading time be long, luxurious, and heavily based on takahē!
It’s a new experience to be able to post comment about our hardcopy magazine! Hope it enhances your reading pleasure.
In #85 we have a departure in our Guest Fiction. Jane Seaford, Fiction Editor, agreed to be our invited writer. Jane has a long history of success with her short stories, both in competitions within NZ and overseas, having several times been short- or longlisted for the prestigious Fish Competition. Her stories have also been read frequently on RadioNZ. It seemed a pity for you not to be able to read her writing just because she is an editor. In addition to appearing in the print magazine, Jane’s story, “Living in the Wrong Place”, is also live on this website for those who do not subscribe to takahe magazine. Go to the “Current Issue” page to find it.
Also live from this issue is Jan FitzGerald’s story, “Return Trip”. I particularly liked this story for its interior monologue and exterior dialogue. A story of family relations in another culture, with a defiant twist. Good beginning, good middle and good ending. It moved my emotions about.
Welcome to the new-look website for takahē magazine. And welcome to our brand-spanking-new blog!
We plan to have regular posts from each of the editors, talking about such varied things as why we chose a particular piece (poem, story, essay or artwork); what trends seem to be emerging in New Zealand cultural life; how long it is until the next print issue appears; who we have judging the competitions (you do know about our competitions, don’t you?); calls for submissions, and anything else that occurs to us at the time. We’ll also have occasional posts from the various other members of the Takahē Collective – the people who are usually behind the scenes, keeping things ticking over.
This is also where you get the chance to take part in the discussions: is there something you would like to know? A question you’d like to ask, a comment you’d like to make, a suggestion for future topics, or for future featured writers/artists? Comments will be moderated, so abuse, spam, and random witterings that aren’t sufficiently interesting or relevant will not make it out of moderation. (It’s not just trolls. Until you’ve blogged, you have no idea how many people there are out there attempting to hijack comments to sell herbal or mechanical ʻenhancements’. Or photos of celebrities. Or who have a large sum of money that they would like to give you but first dear one I need your bank account details …)
So welcome – have a look around, take in the sights, and enjoy. And if you would like to be kept up to date with takahē news, and announcements of things like competitions, collaborations, impending deadlines and other matters of a literary and artistic nature, subscribe to follow the blog – it’s absolutely free, and means you’ll be effortlessly In The Know.
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