Monday, November 21, 2011

Landfall 222

Christchurch and Beyond
Edited by David Eggleton - RRP $29.95
Post-earthquake writing from Christchurch
• Centenary tribute to Allen Curnow
• Announces results of the Landfall Essay Competition 2011
• Announces the winner of The Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry 2011
Winner of the Landfall Essay Competition 2011
Judged by David Eggleton
‘On Tenuous Ground’ by Philip Armstrong of Lyttelton
Winner of the Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry 2011
Judged by Cilla McQueen
‘The Truth Garden’, a collection of poetry by Emma Neale
A very good essay opens this issue, the winner of the Landfall Essay Competition 2011. Then, this being issue 222, we move into drawings, poems, ‘letters’, and an essay, largely from Christchurch and Lyttelton writers and artists, written since the September and February earthquakes. The section closes with Julia Morison’s earthquake artefacts in her art portfolio, Meet Me on the Other Side.
Next up is a tribute to Allen Curnow for the centenary of his birth, in which fellow writers remember Curnow as brother, young writer, teacher, scholar, leading poet, and friend.
The final section leads off with paintings by Christchurch artist Miranda Parkes, followed by a selection of submitted poetry and short fiction and the announcement of The Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry 2011. And of course The Landfall Review! A feast of good reading.
David Eggleton is a performance poet and writer who grew up between Fiji and New Zealand. His many awards include six times Book Reviewer of the Year in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, PEN Best First Book of Poetry in 1987, the Robert Burns Fellowship and, uniquely among New Zealand poets, he was London Time Out’s Street Entertainer of the Year in 1985. He has written or contributed to many books on the arts in New Zealand, and has produced several documentaries, CDs and short films. He was appointed editor of Landfall in late 2010.

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