Friday, April 12, 2019
Once described as “our county's leading writer in this field”*, Christchurch sci-fi writer Ged Maybury effectively disappeared after 15 years and 12 successful children's books – two of which made the finals of the NZ Children's Book of the Year Awards (1994, 2001).
Now he is back with his most ambitious project to date: a six-book / 800,000-word Steampunk series set upon a bizarre “alt-Earth” where Britain is a vast mat of hovering “skylands”, America is still a British colony, and steamships have more in common with flying saucers than anything else.
Drawing upon a long apprenticeship of producing well-polished best-sellers for Scholastic, Harper Collins and Cape Catley, he now turns up the steam (and the adult content) on a multitude of delightfully detailed fantasy/steampunk settings riddled with mad scientists, villains, dangerous and/or attractive antagonists and a sad series of intense (sometimes steamy) love affairs.
'Across the Stonewind Sky' is the series title and each book advances our straight-laced British hero deeper into various kinds of steaming do-do the moment he flies into a curious zone called The Storm's Domain – where airships rule, and Britain doesn't. It's the Victorian era writ large, but it's not just a man's world. Rodney is constantly thrown into the company of a series of competent purposeful women, some of them … how to say this: 'are on the villain spectrum'. Maybury has already earned praise for his female characters.
The first two books; 'Across the Stonewind Sky'** & 'Into the Heart of Varste' are now available at:
As an re-introductory offer, he has priced Book One at $0.00. Book Two at the normal price of $2.99. Book Three: “Hoverrim the Hunted” is due out in early June. A digital edition only.
Books 4, 5 & 6 should all be out by the end of 2019 with a second series planned.
Further viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJVZYnLQ6KI
* “He is our county's leading writer in this field, and with 'The Triggerstone' he's at his best”
– William Taylor, cira 1994.
** Originally released 2014 as “Into the Storm's Domain” by now-defunct Satalyte Books. Print-edition paperbacks can still be found. Already a rare book.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
INTERNATIONAL WRITERS' WORKSHOP NZ INC
PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland, 0748
Press Release 5 April 2019
Renowned Professor to judge $1000 poetry prize
International Writers' Workshop NZ Inc (IWW) is delighted to announce that
Professor Bryan Walpert, who teaches English and Creative Writing at Massey
University in Auckland and was a co-judge of the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book
Awards Poetry Award, will judge The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems
later this year.
The prize of $1000, which is made possible due to an ongoing bequest from the
Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust, is for a cycle or sequence of unpublished poems
that has a common link or theme.
This is the eleventh year IWW has had the honour of organising the Prize.
Previous winners are Heather Bauchop (2018), Janet Newman (2017), Michael
Giacon (2016) Maris O’Rourke (2015), Julie Ryan (2014), Belinda Diepenheim
(2013), James Norcliffe (2012), Jillian Sullivan (2011) Janet Charman and Rosetta
Allan (joint winners 2010) and Alice Hooton (2009).
The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems is sometimes referred to as the
'Little Grattan' as the Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust also funds the biennial
Kathleen Grattan Award, run by Landfall / Otago University Press.
The competition is free for IWW members to enter but it is very easy for aspiring
poets and writers to join IWW to be eligible to enter their poetry into the Prize.
About the Judge
Professor Walpert is the author of three
collections of poetry, Etymology (Cinnamon
Press), A History of Glass (Stephen F. Austin
State UP), and most recently Native Bird
(Makaro Press); a collection of short fiction,
Ephraim’s Eyes; and two scholarly books: Poetry
and Mindfulness: Interruption to a Journey
(Palgrave 2017) and Resistance to Science in
Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge 2011).
His work has appeared in many countries and
has been recognised by the Montreal
International Poetry Award, the New Zealand
International Poetry Competition and the James
Wright Poetry Award (U.S.).
His website is bryanwalpert.com.
Professor Walpert will conduct a workshop on Writing Poetry Sequences at IWW’s
meeting venue, the Lindisfarne Room under St Aidans Church, 97 Onewa Road,
Northcote, Auckland on Tuesday 21 May. Doors open at 10 am and the workshop
runs from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.
While the competition is restricted to IWW members, visitors are welcome to attend
the workshop for a $10 visitor fee. Any visitor who attends the workshop and joins
IWW by the third Tuesday in June will be eligible to enter The Kathleen Grattan
Prize for a Sequence of Poems and will have the visitor fee deducted from their
About the Competition and about IWW
The rules for the competition, details of how to join IWW, meeting times and other
activities of the workshop, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the
month from February to November and runs several competitions a year, are
available from the IWW website: iww.co.nz.
Key Dates for The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems in 2019
21 May: Workshop with Professor Bryan Walpert on writing poetry sequences.
18 June: Last day for new members to join IWW to be eligible to enter this year’s
1 October: Closing date for entries.
19 November: Announcement of the 2019 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for
a Sequence of Poems.
For further information about the Prize or about IWW in general, contact Sue
Courtney, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website iww.co.nz