Write to the Centre: A Conversation with Helen Lehndorf

Helen Lehndorf is a poet, creative writing teacher, and yoga teacher. Her debut poetry collection The Comforter (Seraph Press) was published in 2011 to excellent reviews. Her second book, Write to the Centre, was published by HauNui Press late this year. Write to the Centre is a ‘lo-fi guide to journaling in a hi-tech world.’ … Continue reading Write to the Centre: A Conversation with Helen Lehndorf

Plucky Young Upstart: A Conversation with Holly Hunter about Mimicry

Mimicry is a new Wellington-based literary and arts journal with poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and even music. It's the brainchild of Holly Hunter, Assistant Editor at Victoria University Press. This week I had the pleasure of talking to Hunter about the journal, editing her friends, and what she sees happening in young writers' work. Sarah Jane … Continue reading Plucky Young Upstart: A Conversation with Holly Hunter about Mimicry

‘Almost nobody I like is well rounded’: A Conversation with Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird has topped the New Zealand bestsellers list for the last four weeks (okay, one week it came second to Sam Hunt). Bird is self-deprecating and enigmatic. She's smart and funny. She exhibits almost no self doubt. She has a heap of Twitter followers. Basically, she's a poetry superhero, and like most superheroes she … Continue reading ‘Almost nobody I like is well rounded’: A Conversation with Hera Lindsay Bird

New York Pocket Book: A Conversation with Paula Green

Paula Green is a poet, reviewer, children’s author, NZ Book Award judge and anthologist. She has published six previous collections of poetry, plus three collections for children, most recently The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems (Scholastic, 2014). She edited the anthologies A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (Random House, 2014) and Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (Random House, … Continue reading New York Pocket Book: A Conversation with Paula Green

The Abseiling Aunty: A Conversation with Ashleigh Young

I like to read and review New Zealand poetry, and because I live in Wellington quite a few of these collections come from Victoria University Press. When Ashleigh Young began working as their editor, I began to notice her careful hand on the collections. I asked Ashleigh a few questions about being an editor. — Sarah Jane Barnett: I was watching the show Comedians in … Continue reading The Abseiling Aunty: A Conversation with Ashleigh Young

Tuesday Poem: ‘Settling for Action Man’ by Claire Orchard

Settling for Action Man That summer, blond Cindy (mine), and blonder Barbie (borrowed, belonging to my absent older sister) spent many a weekend afternoon on Niamh Guinness's back lawn, partying hard with Niamh's brunette Cindy. Yes, we keenly felt the lack of a Ken doll. A Ken would have brought us closer to a gender … Continue reading Tuesday Poem: ‘Settling for Action Man’ by Claire Orchard