May 2016
Welcome to the first ever Seraph Press newsletter.
2016 has turned into a busy year. Hot on the heels of co-organising the wildly successful Ruapehu Writers Festival in March, I’m publishing three books before the middle of the year, with more scheduled for the second half!

You can read more about the first three books below, and find details about the upcoming launches for Maukatere: Floating Mountain by Bernadette Hall and New York Pocket Book by Paula Green in May and June.
Later in the year we’re planning to launch the first three chapbooks in the Seraph Press Translation Series, an exciting new venture I’m undertaking with series co-editor Vana Manasiadis. Our first three will be bilingual translations of contemporary poetry from Greek, Italian and Mandarin.
Finally in 2016, if we haven’t run out of time and breath, I plan to make my first foray into publishing creative non-fiction. Watch this space!
Helen Rickerby
Managing Editor
Poroporoaki to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Dolorosa: Ekphrasis in Response to Walk (Series C) by Colin McCahon, by Anahera Gildea

First up was this debut chapbook by up-and-coming writer Anahera Gildea.

Poroporoaki contains a single poem: a response to Colin McCahon’s Walk (Series C) paintings that are, in turn a response to the death of poet James K. Baxter. This exquisitely produced hand-bound book is available in a first edition of 150 hand-numbered copies, of which only a few are left (so order quickly if you want one). It is bound with hemp and flax-linen thread, and features a fly-leaf insert of hand-made harakeke (New Zealand flax) paper made by Pakohe Papers in Whanganui.

We launched Poroporoaki in April at Lighthouse Cuba in Wellington, where we were treated to a performance of the poem by Anahera and friends.
Maukatere: Floating Mountain, by Bernadette Hall, with drawings by Rachel O’Neill

Next up is another very special hand-bound chapbook containing a single poem sequence, this time by Bernadette Hall, eminent poet and recipient of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Award. This experimental poem explores and celebrates life below Maukatere (Mt Grey) in the Hurunui. Maukatere features 10 exquisite drawings by Rachel O’Neill. It is published in a handsome hand-bound and hand-numbered limited first edition of 170.

We’re holding three launches for Maukatere, and hope you can make it to at least one of them.

Hurunui Memorial Library, Amberley, 21 May 2016, 3.00pm
Scorpio Books Riccarton, Christchurch, 22 May 2016, 2.30pm
Ekor Bookshop Café, Wellington, 2 June 2016, 6.00pm
New York Pocket Book, by Paula Green

In June we’re launching Paula Green’s fantastic new collection of poetry. This reflective meander around a new city – the Big Apple – is part travelogue, part essay on the nature of poetry.
Instead of a traditional launch, Paula has asked a fine selection of her favourite poets to join her to read poems about cities they love. The Auckland launch reading will take place in the middle of an exhibition by Michael Hight, Paula’s partner, which will make for a very special event. This will be followed by a Saturday afternoon launch reading in Wellington.

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, 7 June 2016, 5.00pm
Thistle Hall, Wellington, 11 June 2016, 3.00pm
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