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

‘Beautiful and imperfect plans’: A Conversation with Gregory Kan

A few years ago a publisher friend talked to me about Gregory Kan’s work. ‘It’s new – interesting,’ she said, and then, ‘you should read it.’ Some time later Kan’s first manuscript was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Prize, and not long after I read his essay ‘Borrowed Lungs: My Life as a Conscript’ … Continue reading ‘Beautiful and imperfect plans’: A Conversation with Gregory Kan