Reviews – takahē 80


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
reviewed by Jane Orchard

Gleam by Sarah Broom
reviewed by Patricia Prime

The Essential Audrey Eagle: Botanical art of New Zealand by Audrey Eagle
reviewed by Deirdre Hart

Tough by Amy Head
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Rebellious Mirror: Community-based Theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand by Paul Maunder
reviewed by Judy Cleine

Us, Then by Vincent O’Sullivan
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Auē Rona by Reihana Robinson
reviewed by Jani KT Wilson


Judy Cleine M.A. Philosophy and Comparative Religion, UC, 1974; professional actress and wardrobe mistress (Court Theatre: Mervyn Thompson’s O! Temperance, First Return, Children of the Poor; TVNZ: The Governor, Hunters’ Gold; President of The Canterbury Arts Network (mid seventies); producer and actress in Glad in CAN’s independent production of Bernadette Hall’s gentle exploration of Catholic love and guilt, Glad and the Angels (1994); theatre and book reviewer for The Press, The Southland Times; keen gardener, avid reader and a moderately evil croquet player. In 1997 Judy was also a semi-finalist in Harper Collins’ Australian HQ/Flamingo annual Short Story Competition with The Three Sisters – a play on Chekhov and female survival and is currently writing a hopefully amusing novel about deranged croquet players.

Deirdre Hart is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Canterbury. In her spare time she is an avid reader, including New Zealand literature.

Jane Orchard is a health and safety consultant who grows nuts north of Westport and does editing and writing work for a little variety.

Patricia Prime is co-editor of Kokako, reviews/interviews editor of Haibun Today, and writes reviews for several journals including takahē, Gusts and Atlas Poetica. She was one of the editors for the Take Five Tanka Anthologies 2008-2011. She writes haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose and renga and has published her poetry worldwide. Her poetry, interviews and reviews have been published in the World Poetry Almanac (Mongolia) from 2009-2012. Patricia is a member of GIEWEC (India) and is on the Advisory Board of the New Fiction Journal (India). Currently Patricia is one of the editors of the World Haiku Anthology, edited by Dr. Bruce Ross, to be published in 2013.

Jani K T Wilson is of Ngati Awa, Nga Puhi, Ngati Hine and British descent, and lives in Whakatane with her daughter Grace Manaaki. Jani composes waiata, performs competitive kapahaka, paints, weaves, and runs half-marathons. Her PhD thesis was entitled, Whiripapa: Taniko, Whanau and Korero-based Film Analysis (University of Auckland).