Auckland poet Kathleen Grattan, a journalist and former editor of the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, died in 1990. A member of the Titirangi Poets, her work was published in Landfall and other volumes including ‘Premier Poets’, a collection from the World Poetry Society. Her daughter Jocelyn Grattan, who also worked for the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, shared her mother’s love of literature.
About Joanna Preston
Joanna Preston is an Australian-born poet living in Christchurch. She grew up in various outback towns in NSW, with her grandparents’ farm a constant, and started writing at an early age. She holds a BA in Theatre and Film Studies and has lived in NZ since 1994, apart from a spell in the UK during which she received an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Glamorgan. She has been a member of the Airing Cupboard Women Poets group, Canterbury Poets Collective, The Australian Haiku Society and her work has received a number of awards and appeared in numerous publications.
About the Judge
Named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, Fleur Adcock is New Zealand’s most famous living poet internationally, and a doyenne of the British literary scene.
The Landfall Essay Competition 2008
In 1997 the literary magazine Landfall celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion the Landfall Essay Competition was established ‘to encourage New Zealand writers to think aloud about New Zealand culture, and to revive and sustain the tradition of vivid, contentious and creative essay writing in this country.’
This year’s judge is a past winner, Martin Edmond. And, like judges before him, he has been unable to choose between strong contenders:
‘The essays I chose as joint winners have two things in common: both are tenacious in pursuit of an idea; and each pursues that idea in a rapidly unfolding cascade of speculative sentence-making that is intenselypleasurable to read.’
And the winners are:
Kirsten Warner (whose ‘The New Colonists’ is trying to work out what a developer intends to do with a piece of NZ real estate) and
Alice Miller (who delineates a complex of emotions aroused by the word ‘home’ in ‘Several Small Gulls Struggle to Find Footing in NZ & Elsewhere’).
The two share a cash prize and each receives a year’s subscription to Landfall. The two winning entries are published in Landfall 216.
About the Judge