Essay Competition 2017 – Deadline 15 Feburary

Sun shining, birds singing, and keyboards clattering.

Nineteen sleeps to go.

Plenty of time to spit and polish.

Winner gets the money ($250) and publication, not to mention – glory. What a brilliant start to the new year.

Made any writing resolutions? Not too late!

Sharing from my own extensive list: finish what I start; try something new; challenge myself to write out of the comfort zone, be brave.

There are more but I don’t want to overload.

Looking forward to opening all the essay entries – it will be like Christmas all over again (without the expensive and heart-burn). You don’t have to restrict yourself to one entry.

Essay Competition and Christmas

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the Competitions Department (of one!)

My cake is cooked, presents wrapped and the tree looks very Christmassy.

Christmas week is hectic crazy and maybe not the best time to be reminding you about our ESSAY COMPETITION. So I won’t. I’ll save that for the New Year when we can think about resolutions and other scary stuff. In the meantime, kick-back, relax, enjoy Christmas and the break from the old routine.

Take care on the roads. There are people out there with too much to do and not enough time. If you don’t believe me ask my panel beater!

In case you didn’t know, it has been a pleasure and a privilege during the year to work with the editors, the judges and you the contestants.

See you in 2017.

Format Aside

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.

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.