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What do the above have in common, I hear you cry? Well, they are all journals which have published my work over the past month and a bit.

The Rebel Issue of Blackmail Press is available online here http://blackmailpress.com/Index25.html It will be launched in Wellington on Weds 16 September at 7:30 pm upstairs at the Thistle Inn. I have a couple of poems in the issue and will be reading them on the night, along with many other fine poets. (that is to say, I won’t be reading the fine poets; they will be reading their own work)

While I was overseas in August (Iceland and England, photos to come), three of my short stories were published in NZ journals: Bravado http://www.bravado.co.nz/PressReleaseBravado16.html Takahe http://www.takahe.org.nz/index.php and Viola Beadleton’s Compendium http://www.wellingtonwriters.com/violablog/

I was also pleased to hear that another story was “honourably mentioned” in the Momaya Press competition and will be published later this year.

In further poetry news, don’t forget tomorrow’s fundraiser at Paekakariki for the victims of the Princess Ashika Ferry Disaster in Tonga. Karlo Mila, Apirana Taylor, David Geary, Glenn Colquhoun and Te Roopu Kapa Haka o Paekakariki will perform. Starts at 2pm in the Paekakariki Memorial Hall, 98 The Parade, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast.

 

There’s a review of AUP New Poets 3 by Cy Mathews in the latest Takahe.  Having failed miserably to upload a copy, here are a couple of quotes:

 “Wellington’s Janis Freegard stands out with the easy musicality of her poems and prose poems, amongst which are moments of quirky brilliance…”

“At times these narratives risk becoming a little cutesy in their quirky, mannered eccentricity, but for the most part they are very enjoyable…”

“…”The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider” is an especially interesting experiment in serial prose poetry, for the most part realistic, but veering now and then into more surrealistic flights of fancy…”

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