Sunday, June 23, 2019

River dove

Thank you to Paul Farley and Andrew McRae for including "River Dove" on the map. Longlisted for The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition, judged by Michael Longley, I'm stoked to be able to pin it where it belongs:
not least because of the beautiful William Hole map it's pinned to. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Flash in the dark

Chuffed to bits and very grateful to have had my flash "Dinghy" selected for inclusion along with stories from Anita Arlov, Lisa Bell, Leanne Radojkovich, Eileen Merriman, Kirk Lafferty, and others, on this billboard to celebrate Flash in the Dark for National Flash Fiction Day, June 22!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Flash in takahē

I'm very grateful and chuffed to bits to have three flashes published in takahē magazine, thanks to Zoë Meager. You can read them here.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

White fungus

7F-5, No. 420, Sec. 2, Nantun Rd., Taichung City, Taiwan 408
White Fungus to Release 16th Issue
Taiwan-based magazine White Fungus is about to release its 16th issue. The new issue features a 50-page interview with Carolee Schneemann, an epic exploration of the world of animal music, plus Kurt Gottschalk reports on a New York performance of Max Richter’s SLEEP.
Taipei curator Jeph Lo describes witnessing the emergence of noise music in Taiwan’s post–martial law era, alongside a photo essay on political demonstrations held during the island’s transition out of military rule. There is an article about 2018 Turner Prize–nominee Luke Willis Thompson, plus an interview with Dor Guez about the Christian Palestinian Archive. The issue features new performance art from Taiwan, plus a profile of obscure Wellington street artist Ruffo who appears in Chris Kraus’s classic fantastical memoir I Love Dick.

White Fungus was started in 2004 by brothers Ron Hanson and Mark Hanson in Wellington, New Zealand. The first issue was an impromptu protest against the building of a motorway that would cut through the city’s arts district, destroying heritage buildings and forcing artists from their studios.
Copies of the first issue were produced on a photocopier, wrapped in Christmas paper and hurled anonymously through the entrances of businesses throughout the city. The name of the publication comes from a can of “white fungus”, a commercially produced pulped beverage the Hansons discovered in their local supermarket in Taiwan. In 2009 the Hansons relocated back to Taiwan where they have since been active publishing and directing live art events.
The 16th issue of White Fungus will be hitting shelves world-wide in mid-January via Boutique Magazines. If you would like any further information about White Fungus, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Ron Hanson

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Shadow and crow

I recently returned from a trip to Ireland. Ending with a stop-off in Yorkshire, my trip began with five days participation in the University of Limerick Winter Writing School. In between, I worked on my novel Some Things the English, and photographed a some of the winter light and its illuminations.

 Shadow and crow, Doolin, November 2018.

The Pier, Doolin.

Crow and Cliffs of Moher.

Cliffs of Moher.

Brú na Bóinne, Newgrange. 

Yeats' Tower.

Coole Park.

Coole Park.

Oscar Wilde woz ere, Dublin.

Famine Memorial, Dublin.

 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton.  

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton. 

The trip had many highlights, but I'll leave you with the last one. I finally got to see Norman Ackroyd's "Muckle Flugga", the inspiration behind my poem "Outliers":


Bathed in Burra Firth’s foamy mouth,
Flugga’s mermaid coifs
her hair aloft ophiolite rock, diabase and dark
mafic glass crackles like static in magic
light at her feet. Two giants
crashed here like her kids,

obtuse, competitive
Saxa full of confidence,
Herma, better-lived. The only ones who told her they loved
her. Long gone,
they’re sleeping now on lava
pillows. Silly buggers,

they couldn’t see
she was dragging them down with her. *Blows*:

Out Stack and Muckle Flugga; the emoticon
for kiss is the same as it is for bitter. So south
of the far north, the sea, too, cries with laughter. 

First published in JAAM, Issue 32

Friday, December 14, 2018


I'm very grateful to editor Di Starrenburg for including my graphic memoir "The High-heeled Boots" - part of my New Shoes series - in the latest issue of Geometry.

The magazine is available to buy in New Zealand bookstores and free online.

Monday, November 5, 2018


Divine Feminist: Womb with a View is launching in Auckland on 22 November, details here. Invite your friends, enjoy vegan food and support this womberful book!