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Vol.6 No.1 Mar 2012

Tiffany Atkinson’s latest collection of poems, Catulla (Bloodaxe, 2011), was reviewed in WR December 2011.

Don Barnard is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate and author of Catchment (Heaventree, 2004). He is currently completing a book on Derek Walcott’s Omeros, based on his doctoral thesis at Warwick University.

William Bedford’s selected poems, Collecting Bottle Tops, and selected short stories, None of the Cadillacs Was Pink, were both published in 2009.

Charles Boyle is the author of several poetry collections, the last being The Age of Cardboard and String (2001), and (writing as Jennie Walker) of the short novel 24 for 3. He is founder-editor of the small press CB editions (

Peter Branson has published widely in magazines. A third collection, with the working title On Red Hill, is forthcoming from Salmon Press.

Diana Bridge’s fifth collection, aloe & other poems, was published by Auckland University Press in 2009. In 2011 she was awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for distinguished contribution to New Zealand Poetry.

Barbara Bridger’s poetry, prose and criticism are widely published and her scripts for live and digital performance have been produced both nationally and internationally. Formerly Co-Director of Writing and Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, she currently works as a freelance writer, director and dramaturge.

Anne Chamberlain, born in Christchurch, has worked in every area of the performing and literary arts, from production, writing and performance to international arts festivals, in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Berlin. Her work for theatre includes a cabaret comedy act, The Flannelettes, and the children’s musical Witch Mother. She is currently the Writers and Readers Week Manager for the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

Craig Cliff is a writer, columnist and public servant based in Wellington. His short story collection, A Man Melting, won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his first novel.

Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Threepenny Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Agenda, New American Writing, and in numerous other magazines as well as anthologies. She teaches at the New York Institute of Technology.

Ailsa Cox’s collection, The Real Louise, is published by Headland Press. She is the author of Alice Munro (Northcote House) and Writing Short Stories (Routledge), and editor of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect Press). She currently teaches at Edge Hill University.

Andrew Crumey’s novels include Sputnik Caledonia (shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award, winner of the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award) and Mobius Dick (Commonwealth Writer’s Prize finalist). He originally trained as a theoretical physicist, was literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, and is now senior lecturer in creative writing at Northumbria University.

Joshua Davis lives and writes in Oxford, Mississippi. His work has recently appeared in Glass Seed Annual and Goblin Fruit.

Gerard Donovan’s fiction titles include Schopenhauer’s Telescope (2003), Julius Winsome (2006) and Country of the Grand (2008), all published by Faber. He has also published three collections of poetry. He teaches at the University of Plymouth.

Carrie Etter has published two collections of poetry: The Tethers (Seren, 2009), winner of the London New Poetry Award for the best first collection published in the UK and Ireland in the preceding year, and Divining for Starters (Shearsman, 2011). She teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Patrick Evans has lived in Christchurch nearly all his life. He has written Janet Frame (1977), the first biography of the writer; two literary histories, the Penguin History of New Zealand Literature (1990) and The Long Forgetting (CUP 2007); articles on New Zealand literature; prize-winning plays that have been performed in Australasia; short stories, and two earlier novels, Being Eaten Alive (Angus & Robertson, 1980) and Making It (Hodder & Stoughton, 1989). Gifted (Victoria University Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the Asia-Pacific division of the Commonwealth Literary Prize 2010 and has been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012.

Russell Goulbourne is Professor of Early Modern French Literature in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Leeds. His most recent publication is a translation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Christopher James has won first prizes in the National, Bridport and Ledbury Poetry Competitions. His latest collection, Farewell to the Earth, is reviewed on p. 165.

Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand’s most highly-regarded writers. Her most recent publications, all from Vintage, are a collection of short stories, The Trouble with Fire (2011); a two-part memoir, Beside the Dark Pool (2009) and At the End of Darwin Road (2008); and a novel, The Captive Wife (2005). In 2010 she published her first book of poems since 1993, Where the Left Hand Rests (Godwit).

Thyrza Leyshon taught English at a sixth form college in Essex for many years. She recently started writing poetry, some of which has been published in The Interpreter’s House and other magazines.

James Lindesay is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry for the Elderly at the University of Leicester. As a poet, he wrote, edited and published somewhat in his youth, and received an Eric Gregory award in 1979. The demands of an academic medical career then took over, and it is only recently that he has found time to return to creative writing.

Chris Miller, translator and editor, is a widely published literary critic, a co-founder and member of the board of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures, and a member of the editorial board of European Photography.

Gregory O’Brien is a poet, artist, essayist and curator based in Wellington, New Zealand. His recent books include News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore (Carcanet 2007), A Micronaut in the Wide World—The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy (AUP, 2011) and a collection of poems, Beauties of the Octagonal Pool (AUP, 2012), reviewed on p. 83.

Vincent O’Sullivan is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished and prolific writers, as poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and editor. His latest collection of poems is reviewed on p. 75.

Chris Price’s most recent books are a poetry collection, The Blind Singer, and Brief Lives, a genre-defying work in the form of a biographical dictionary (both published by Auckland University Press). She teaches creative writing at Victoria University in Wellington, and is currently working on a book that investigates the life and death of 19th-century poet, anatomist and suicide, Thomas Lovell Beddoes.

Nicholas Royle is the author of six novels, most recently Regicide (Solaris), two novellas and one short story collection, Mortality (Serpent’s Tail). He teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, reviews fiction for the Independent and runs Nightjar Press.

Omar Sabbagh is a British/Lebanese poet. His first collection, My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint (Cinnamon Press, 2010), was reviewed in WR June 2011, and his second, The Square Root of Beirut, has just appeared from Cinnamon Press. He currently teaches English and creative writing at the American University of Beirut.

Lawrence Sail’s most recent collection is Waking Dreams: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2010).

Elizabeth Smither, a former Te Mata Poet Laureate of New Zealand, was honoured in 2008 with that country’s Prime Minister’s Award for Achievement in Poetry. Her novels include Different Kinds of Pleasure (2006) and Lola (2010), both from Penguin New Zealand, and her most recent collection of short stories is The Girl Who Proposed (Cape Catley, 2008). A new poetry collection, The Blue Coat, is due from Auckland University Press in early 2013.

C. K. Stead’s new novel, Risk, will be published by the MacLehose Press in October and his new collection of poems, The Yellow Buoy, will come from Auckland University Press in February 2013. Stead, who turns eighty this year, was made a member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007.