Sport 32: Summer 2004
Jean Anderson (translator of Pierre Furlan and Charles Juliet) is a Senior Lecturer in French at Victoria University of Wellington.
Nick Ascroft is the author of From the Author of and Nonsense.
Hinemoana Baker's first collection of poems, matuhi | needle, has just been published by VUP in partnership with Perceval Press (Los Angeles), and her first music CD, puawai, has just been released by Jayrem.
James Brown is VUW Writer in Residence in 2004, and is completing a new collection of poems, The Year of the Bicycle.
Kate Camp is the author of two collections of poems and the essay On Kissing.
Geoff Cochrane's new collection of poems, Hypnic Jerks, is forthcoming from VUP in 2005.
Nigel Cox's most recent novels are Tarzan Presley (2004) and Responsibility (forthcoming, 2005).
Stephanie de Montalk is VUW Writer in Residence in 2005. Her biography of Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk (Unquiet World, 2001) was published in Polish translation in 2003. Her new collection of poems, Cover Stories, will appear in 2005.
Chris Else lives in Dunedin. His novel On River Road was published by Vintage in July 2004. He is currently President of the NZ Society of Authors.
Laurence Fearnley's fourth novel, Butler's Ringlet, has just appeared. She is completing a new novel set in Antactica.
Cliff Fell's first collection of poetry, The Adulterer's Bible (VUP, 2003), was awarded the Adam Foundation Prize and the 2004 NZSA Jessie MacKay Prize. His radio-poem Motueka Song was broadcast on National Radio's RPM in May this year.
Pierre Furlan is the current Randell Cottage French Writer in Residence. Born in 1943, he is the author of five books of fiction, including L'Atelier de Barbeblue (Bluebeard's Workshop, Actes Sud, 2002), from which this story is taken. He is also a leading translator (of Elizabeth Knox, Alan Duff, Geoff Cush and Russell Banks, amongst many others).
Matthew Boyd Goldie grew up in Auckland, lived in Wellington, and now lives in New York. He teaches at Rider University and has recently published an anthology, Middle English Literature: A Historical Sourcebook (Blackwell, 2003). His poems have appeared in Sport, Landfall, and elsewhere.
Peter Hall-Jones was born in Invercargill, spending three days in the 50s before getting caught up in an age of unemployment and cold war. He fell in with a bad crowd who introduced him to prog and punk rock. Caught between a hard place and rock, he has since escaped to France and is currently working for the union movement. This excerpt is from a novel with the last chapter missing. If you have any ideas please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Hill has three young sons and has lived in South America, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan and Bangladesh. She has just completed a collection of short stories about women in farflung places, for the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University.
Anna Jackson's third collection of poems, Catullus for Children, was published by AUP in 2003.
Andrew Johnston is completing his fourth collection of poems. His recently-launched page of poetry links is http://thepage.name
Christine Johnston's novel The Shark Bell was published by Penguin in 2002. She is currently working on a new novel.
Charles Juliet, the second Randell Cottage French Writer in Residence (2003–2004), was born in Jujurieux, a small village in the South-East of France, in 1934. He gave up studying medicine to become a full-time writer. He has published over 30 books, including works on leading contemporary figures (painter Bram Van Velde, writer Samuel Beckett), and also published personal journals, autobiographical texts such as L'Inattendu (The Unexpected), from page 255 which ‘As the twig is bent…’ is extracted, and several volumes of poetry. His Journal de Wellington (Wellington Journal) will appear early in 2005.
Anna Livesey's poems were written while she was the 2003 Schaeffer Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Bill Manhire was the 2004 Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow in Menton. He has just published The Wide White Page: Writers Imagine Antarctica, and is completing a new collection of poems.
James McNaughton is working in Korea.
G.J. Melling is a Wellington architect, poet and publisher.
Emma Neale, who is a former Todd/CNZ Bursary recipient, and the author of five books, lives and works in Dunedin.
Kerry Popplewell is a Wellington poet.
Frances Samuel is a Wellington writer who is living for a short time in the north of Japan. Her work has previously appeared in Sport, Turbine and Staple.
Elizabeth Smither's most recent books are the novel The Sea Between Us (Penguin, 2003) and the collection of poems Red Shoes (Godwit, 2003).
C.K. Stead's new collection of poems is about to be published by AUP. Of ‘Love Etc’ he writes: ‘Although I have indicated the Latin and French poems from which this sequence takes its beginnings, they are not simply translations, and in fact I have allowed myself complete freedom. Some are close to the original; some rework similar elements into a different statement; some take off from the original and go in a completely different direction. None pays any respect at all to the Latin and French forms. The Verlaine is almost close enough to be called a “translation” but then the final two lines are an interpretation of the original rather than part of its text. And both the Verlaine and the Rimbaud are formal sonnets in the French. I stress that although I know French reasonably well and have read quite a lot of French literature, I am no linguist. I am certainly no Latinist. I use these precedent texts to make what I hope I can claim as my own poem, creating my own fictional persona.’
Brian Turner is the current Te Mata Estate NZ Poet Laureate, and is completing a new collection of poems for publication in 2005.
Richard von Sturmer has a new collection of poetry and prose forthcoming from HeadworX. Of ‘Rubble Emits Light’ he writes: ‘The first italicised sentence of each passage is a traditional Zen capping phrase. Victor Sogen Hori has translated thousands of these capping phrases into English, and they appear in his recently published book Zen Sand (University of Hawaii Press, 2003). This ground-breaking work is a treasure-trove of Chinese literature and Zen Buddhist wisdom.’
Ian Wedde is the 2004 Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow in Menton. An essay collection, Making Ends Meet, will be published by VUP in 2005. He writes: ‘“A Hymn to Beauty” recycles remembered and misremembered lines from many songs, by Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams, Sneaky Feelings, John Lennon, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Dorsey, Courtney Love, and several others. My thanks to the lyricists. There are remembered (and misremembered) fragments from philosophers and poets of the sublime, especially William Wordsworth and John Ruskin. Religious texts are also remembered, including the Bible, the Tao Te Ching, Dhammapada, Pali Canon, and Tanakh. Like beauty, and memory, these fragments are imperfect.’
Tom Weston's new collection of poems, Naming the Mind Like Trees, has just been published by Steele Roberts.
Ashleigh Young grew up near the Waitomo Caves and now lives in Wellington. She has recently completed an honours degree in English.