Reviews – takahē 82


The Judas Tree: Poems by Lorna Staveley Anker
reviewed by Sue Wootton

Lamplighter by Kerry Donovan Brown
reviewed by Justin Harrison

The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider by Janis Freegard
reviewed by Sue Wootton

Remnants by Leonard Lambert
reviewed by Sue Wootton

Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti
reviewed by Jani KT Wilson

The White Clock by Owen Marshall
reviewed by Jane Orchard

Understanding Violence: Context and Practice in the Human Services by Annabel Taylor & Marie Connolly
reviewed by Sue Wootton

Rising to the Surface by Latika Vasil.
reviewed by Sue Wootton


Justin Harrison has a strong interest in environmental issues, the arts, poetry and fabtasy and sci-fi genres. He has just completed a trilogy which draws upon and combines these particular concerns.

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

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).

Sue Wootton is a poet and fiction writer whose work has been widely published and anthologised. She is the author of four poetry collections, a children’s book called Cloudcatcher, and a short story collection (The Happiest Music on Earth). Her screenplay Bleat was produced as a short film by Short Film Otago in 2014. She has won several awards for her writing and was the 2008 Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago. Sue holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Massey University. Her website is