Reviews – takahē 83

Glam Rock Boyfriends: an imaginary memoir by Raewyn Alexander
reviewed by Brenda Allen

Charles Brasch: Journals 1938–1945  by Charles Brasch
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Autobiography of a Marguerite by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle
reviewed by Sue Wootton

Paradise Saved by Dave Butler
reviewed by Christopher Gomez

The Naturalist by Thom Conroy
reviewed by Janet Newman

Born to a Red-Headed Woman by Kay McKenzie Cooke
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Raspberry Money by Alison Denham
reviewed by Patricia Prime

The thin boy & other poems by John Gibb
reviewed by Janet Newman

Pacifications by John Gallas
reviewed by Janet Newman

Cloudboy by Siobhan Harvey
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Essential New Zealand Poems selected by Siobhan Harvey, James Norcliffe & Harry Rickets
reviewed by Jane Orchard

The Speak House  by David Howard
reviewed by Mary Cresswell

Heartland by Michele Leggott
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Two Paths through the Seasons by Norma West Linder & James Deahl
reviewed by Mary Cresswell

Edwin’s Egg and other poetic novellas by Cilla McQueen
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Donnel’s Promise by Anna McaKenzie
reviewed by Justin Harrison

The Limits by Alice Miller
reviewed by Patricia Prime

JAAM 31 edited by Claire Needham & Harvey Molloy
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Heartland by Jenny Pattrick
reviewed by Jane Orchard

Schisms by Vaughan Rapatahana
reviewed by Sue Wootton

GriffithREVIEW 43: Pacific Highways edited by Julienne Schultz & Lloyd Jones
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Ruby Duby Du by Elizabeth Smither
reviewed by Lydia O’Dwyer

Things to Know by Andrew Strang
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Cloudcatcher by Sue Wootton
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Out of Shape by Sue Wootton
reviewed by Patricia Prime

Reviewers

Brenda Allen teaches in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. Together with Cassandra Fusco, she is co-editor of the cultural studies and reviews sections for takahē.

Mary Cresswell is an established poet and science editor. Born in Los Angeles, she moved to New Zealand in 1970. Her poetry has appeared in New Zealand, Australian, Canadian, US and UK literary journals.

Christopher Gomez was born in Paris (1978) and spent his childhood between his hometown in France, South Devon (UK) and South-Germany before he graduating from Sorbonne University with a PhD in Environmental Sciences. Enjoying a passion for both the sciences and the arts, he took an academic break, becoming a designer and then a creative director in Singapore until the scientific road lead him to Japan and then to New Zealand where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in geography at the University of Canterbury.

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.

Janet Newman is a Master of Creative Writing student at Massey University. Her short stories and poems have been published in takahē and other New Zealand journals. She was a runner-up in the 2012 takahē Poetry Competition, and highly commended in the 2013 Caselberg International Poetry Competition.

Lydia O’Dwyer has reviewed Elizabeth Smither’s Ruby Duby Du for takahē magazine.

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.

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 suewootton.com.