Landfall 216, edited by Wellington writer Tim Corballis, is about ‘Utopias’.
This may take us to some surprising places. Read Gregory O’Brien on ‘The Utopian Hamiltonians’ or John Horrocks on ‘Carterton - Utopia Bypassed’, for example.
Felicitously, the Utopian theme is continued into the titles of the joint winners of the Landfall Essay Competition, announced in this issue: ‘Several Small Gulls Struggle to Find Footing on NZ & Elsewhere’ by Alice Miller and ‘The New Colonists’ by Kirsten Warner. Judge Martin Edmond remarks that these essays shared ‘anxiety about the future; a preoccupation with questions of identity...; a pervasive sense of the conditional nature of things.’
Also announced in what is a bumper issue of Landfall is the winner of The Kathleen Grattan Award for a collection of poetry. This was judged by Fleur Adcock, who chose Joanna Preston’s ‘The Summer King’. Preston will receive $16,000 in this major new award. There were three runners-up in this competition: Mary Cresswell, James Norcliffe, and Rob Egan.
Tim Corballis is a fiction writer with an interest in people and place. His three novels Below (2001), Measurement (2002), and The Fossil Pits (2005) explore related themes.