Sport 15: white horse black dog
Hinemoana (Michelle) Baker’s North Island tribal affiliations stretch from Kāwhia and Maunga Tautari, down through Taranaki to the Horowhenua Coast; her South Island ancestry from Karitāne. She hails from settler stock as well—her Pākehā ancestors came here from England and Germany. She was born in Christchurch and grew up in Whakatāne, Rarotonga, Ngāmotu (New Plymouth) and Whakatū (Nelson). and lives now in Te Upoko o te Ika, Wellington. ‘The Garden’ sprang from time spent in occupation at Pākaitore Marae with the iwi of Whanganui and their supporters. For the narrative, she also draws on the assassination by the New Zealand Government of Tupua Tamasese, one of Western Samoa’s Prophets of Peace.
Peter Black was born in Christchurch in 1948, grew up in Lower Hutt and now lives in Wellington. His first one-person exhibition, Fifty Photos, was at the National Art Gallery in 1981. His photographs are in private and public collections including the Dowse Art Museum, Auckland City Art Gallery, National Library Gallery and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewaa.
Born in Palmerston North, 1966, James Brown lived there until moving to Wellington in late 1987 to study at Victoria University. His poems have been published widely here and in Australia. He edited Sport 13 and 14, and his first collection of poems, Go Round Power Please, will be published by VUP later this year.
Born in 1949, Keri Hulme says she spent a lot of her childhood travelling between Christchurch and Oamaru/Moeraki/Purakaunui ‘in various cars but particularly the Humber’. Her latest book is Strands (AUP).
Andrew Johnston was born in Upper Hutt, 1963, and lived in the Hutt Valley until he moved to Dunedin to study medicine in 1982. He subsequently switched to studying English and completed degrees at Otago and Auckland Universities. His first collection of poems, How to Talk (VUP, 1993) won the NZ Book Award for Poetry. He is spending late 1995 as a participant in the international writing programme at the University of Iowa.
Elizabeth Knox was born in 1959 in Wellington, where she now lives after spending her childhood in Wellington’s northern suburbs Pomare and Paremata. She has published two novels and two novellas, and has just completed a new novel which will appear in 1996.
Currently working in Christchurch as a taxi-driver and English teacher, Graham Lindsay was born in Wellington in 1952 and grew up in Porirua and Havelock North. He lived for many years in Dunedin where he founded the short-lived but influential journal Morepork. His most recent collection of poems is The Subject (AUP, 1994).
Mary Macpherson was born in Dunedin, 1952, and lived there for 25 years. She now lives in Wellington where she takes photographs and writes poetry. Her photographs are in page 160 several public collections and her poems have appeared in Poetry NZ, Quote Unquote and Takahe.
Born in Invercargill in 1946, Bill Manhire was raised in the Southland/Otago region where his family ran pubs in Wallacetown, Mossburn and Clinton (consecutively), as well as in Dunedin and Invercargill. Since 1973, he has lived in Wellington. A new collection of poems, My Sunshine, will appear from Victoria University Press early in 1996 and Godwit is publishing Songs of My Life, which incorporates new fiction and work from The New Land. ‘Moonlight’ also appears in the London Review of Books.
Born on Auckland’s North Shore in 1956, Elizabeth Nannestad worked until recently as a psychiatrist. She is presently writing full-time and has a collection forthcoming from Auckland University Press in 1996. Her previous volume, Jump, was joint-winner of the NZ Book Award for Poetry in 1987.
Born in Matamata, 1961, Gregory O’Brien was raised on the ‘northern slopes’ of Remuera which was, at that time, an unassuming part of Auckland. He now lives in Wellington where he is 1995 writer in residence at Victoria University. Forthcoming publications include Lands and Deeds: 18 Contemporary New Zealand Painters to be published by Godwit early in 1996. ‘East Born’ is from a work-in-progress entitled Drinking Wine Because of You.
Born in 1955 and raised in Upper Hutt and Karori, Chris Orsman now lives in Newtown, Wellington, where he is writing a book-length sequence of Antarctic-related poems, South. His first collection of poems, Ornamental Gorse, appeared from Victoria University Press in 1994. He has worked as an architect, ambulance driver and, more recently, advisor to the Historic Places Trust
Emily Perkins was born in Christchurch in 1970 and grew up in Auckland and Wellington, as well as living for three months in Palmerston North. She now lives in London. ‘A Place Where No One Knows Your Face’ is included in her first collection of short stories, Not Her Real Name, which will be published in 1996 by Picador in the UK and Victoria University Press in NZ.
Iain Sharp was born in Glasgow in 1953. His family emigrated to New Zealand in 1961, settling in the Auckland suburb of Penrose. He now works as a freelance journalist for such publications as Pacific Way and the Sunday Star Times. A self-confessed terrible driver, he has travelled by car to almost every part of New Zealand in the last six months.
Born in Blenheim in 1946, and now living in Wellington, Ian Wedde is a prolific poet, novelist, editor and critic. How to be Nowhere, his selected writings about art and literature (which includes ‘Moving Pictures’) appeared recently from Victoria University Press. He is currently Concept Leader, Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Damien Wilkins was born in Lower Hutt in 1963 and grew up in the Hutt Valley. After two years study in St Louis, Missouri, he returned to New Zealand and now lives in Newtown, Wellington. His first novel, The Miserables, won the NZ Book Award for fiction and has also been published in the UK and US; he has just completed a second, Little Masters.