August 2016
It's been crazy busy since the last newsletter. We have celebrated multiple launches for Bernadette Hall's Maukatere: Floating Mountain and Paula Green's New York Pocket Book, were delighted (and somewhat surprised) by Maukatere's appearance at number three on the NZ Fiction for Adults bestseller list, and have had to reprint (and bind) more copies of both Maukatere and Poroporoaki (Anahera Gildea's debut chapbook published in April).

And there's more to come. First up, to celebrate National Poetry Day I'm MCing Seraph Press Poets & Friends at Vic Books (see more below) this Friday, 26 August. 

At the end of September we're aiming to publish the first two chapbooks in the Seraph Press Translation Series: Vana Manasiadis's translations of contemporary Greek poets, and 10 poems by Italian poet Claudio Pasi translated by Marco Sonzogni and Tim Smith. We'll invite you all to the launch when we've organised it. Then in November I'll be curating a session, Polylingual Spree: Poetry In and Out of Translation, at Lit Crawl.

And, finally, creative non-fiction is in the spotlight a lot lately, and Seraph Press has been lured to jump on the bandwagon and will be publishing a collection of creative non-fiction essays by John-Paul Powley, hopefully before Christmas. I've been marvelling at Powley's writing for years on his blog and elsewhere, and think he deserves a wide audience. 

Helen Rickerby
Managing Editor

Seraph Press Poets & Friends: National Poetry Day event at Vic Books

We've teamed up with Vic Books to bring you a morning teatime National Poetry Day event featuring some Seraph Press poets and some friends from the Victoria University community.

I'm especially excited to have been able to invite some out-of-town Seraph Press poets – Helen LehndorfPaula GreenVana ManasiadisJohanna Aitchison – to read, as here in Wellington we don't get to hear them very often. They're joined by in-town Seraph Press poet Anahera Gildea, and some friends from around Victoria University: PhD students Therese Lloyd and Liang Yujing, Italian Lecturer Marco Sonzogni and 2016 Writer in Residence Anne Kennedy. Hope you can make it!

When: Friday 26th August, 10.30am to 11.30am
Where: Vic Books, Easterfield Building, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington

This is just one of many events that are being held around the country for National Poetry Day 2016. See the complete calendar of events:

Poems in your Pocket for National Poetry Day

Still on National Poetry Day, Johanna Aitchison's poem 'Jun' from Miss Dust has been included in the 2016 Poems in Your Pocket, an adorable tiny zine you can download and make yourself to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Download it here:

Around and about

Vivienne Plumb at Poetry Live. Poetry Day is starting early in Auckland, with Poetry Live Celebrates National Poetry Day tonight (Tuesday 23 August), with guest poets Vivienne Plumb and Peter Bland. Starts at 8pm at The Thirsty Dog on Karangahape Road. Open mic readers are encouraged to read a favourite poem and dress up as a favourite poet – and there are prizes! View the event on Facebook...  

Paula Green In Small Places. In preparation for the session on 'In Small Places' at the Going West festival in September (11.15, Sunday 11 September), Paula Green and fiction writer Sue Orr talk to each other about place in their most recent books. Read their conversation here... You can also read Paula's recent piece on 'The Best Books I Never Wrote'...

Bernadette Hall interviewed on Bookenz. Ruth Todd talks to Bernadette Hall about Maukatere: Floating Mountain. Listen to this in-depth interview on demand on the Plains FM website...

Anahera Gildea on Better Off Read. In July Anahera Gildea read at Enjoy Gallery as part of Sorority, an evening of readings from some of Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s finest women of colour. Pip Adam recorded a podcast about the reading for her wonderful Better Off Read series of podcasts about reading and writing. Listen to the podcast...

Poetic essays from Nina Powles. Nina Powles is studying Mandarin in Shanghai this year, but she's found the time to write some amazing poetic essays: 'HUNGRY GIRLS   //   on food, my body, and being half Malaysian-Chinese' and 'Somewhere else' about homesickness.

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