Thursday, August 11, 2016
Tail of the Taniwha
Courtney Sina Meredith
Published by Beatnik Publishing, RRP $29.99, beatnikshop.com
The first collection of short stories from an award-winning poet and playwright
Tail of the Taniwha is a collection of short stories by writer, poet and playwright Courtney Sina Meredith that builds on the themes and ideas of her signature publications, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick and the award-winning play, Rushing Dolls.
Tail of the Taniwha pushes at the boundaries of written storytelling through the use of unusual graphic arrangements and typographic techniques as a narrative device. The result is an idiosyncratic collection of stories that come alive in the way they interact with the page.
Tail of the Taniwha advances, with an underlying Pacific politique, an ongoing discussion of the contemporary urban experience and what it means to be culturally sensitive in contrast of the general understandings of mainstream society.
About the author
Courtney Sina Meredith is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician of Samoan, Mangaian, and Irish descent. She describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique.’
She was the first New Zealander and first writer of Pacific descent to hold the LiteraturRaum Blebitreu Berlin residency in 2011, and is an invited participant in the 2016 University of Iowa International Writing Program Fall Residency.
Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.
Tail of the Taniwha is Meredith’s first book of short stories and follows her much lauded 2012 collection of poems Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik Publishing) and multi award-winning 2010 play Rushing Dolls (Playmarket, 2012).