Five Strings release date

Here at Anahera Press we’re happy to announce we now have a release date for Apirana Taylor’s forthcoming novel, Five Strings. We’re delighted that the book will be released as part of the Auckland Writers Festival. All welcome to the launch event at 6pm on May 17th at Auckland Central City Library, Lorne St.

Merry Christmas

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete from Anahera Press. We are shutting down today and will re-open on the 9th of January. In the New Year we will be completing production on Apirana Taylor’s long-awaited second novel, Five Strings. We will also be commencing production on a new poetry collection – full details to come next year. Until then, ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa!

Special Xmas offer

Anahera Press Xmas special! Buy Night Swimming by Kiri Piahana-Wong or Entangled Islands by Serie Barford for $10 each or $15 the pair. Your book will be shipped to you free of charge. Offer applies until 21st December. Email for details. *Thanks to reader Ruth DeSouza for the pic of her books just after they arrived in the mail. xmas-special-offer-pic_2016

“21 new Kiwi books we can’t wait to read”

Thanks to the New Zealand Book Council for naming Simone Kaho’s forthcoming poetry collection, Lucky Punch, as one of “21 new Kiwi books we can’t wait to read!” Check out the full list here. Lucky Punch will be launched at Poetry Live, The Thirsty Dog, 469 K Rd, Auckland City, on Tuesday 15th November, 8pm. All welcome to this public event.

Introducing Simone Kaho

Anahera Press will shortly begin production on a new poetry collection, entitled Lucky Punch, by Simone Kaho. Simone is a New Zealand poet with Tongan ancestry, part of a new generation of Pasifika voices. She grew up in the ’80s in Waterview, Auckland; a kid fascinated by the backyard, the creek and two dairies equal distance from home. She was awarded a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington in 2011.

These days Simone lives in a treehouse studio in Grey Lynn with her blue Burmese, Louie. She’s known in Auckland for her dynamic poetry performances, a result of getting hooked into poetry by Poetry Live, the 30+ year-old weekly open mic on K Rd. She loves working with musicians, crafting rock-n-roll poetry experiences for iconic venues including The Basement, The Mercury Theatre and Galatos. Her work has been published in numerous New Zealand literary magazines. Lucky Punch is her first collection.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete from Anahera Press. We are shutting down today and will re-open on the 18th of January. In the New Year we will be commencing the production of Apirana Taylor’s new novel, Five Strings, and in the second half of the year we will be working on a debut poetry collection by an emerging Pasifika poet whose work we love – details to be announced next year. Until then, ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa!

Radio NZ National interviews Serie Barford

Yesterday Serie Barford was interviewed by Lynn Freeman on her programme Standing Room Only (Radio NZ National). Lynn describes Entangled Islands: “A revealing collection of poems and ultra-short stories introduces us to many characters in the life of writer Serie Barford. Most are real, some are hybrids of people she’s known, and together they look at what it means to be a Samoan New Zealander.” Check out the full interview here.

Favourite Books of 2015

Well done to Leilani Tamu and Serie Barford who have both made the NZ Book Council’s Favourite Books of 2015 List. Kathryn Carmody calls Leilani “My new favourite poet”, while Selina Tusitala Marsh says of Entangled Islands: “A stunning wandering through Oceania’s physical and ideological islands – we are all connected. Poignant, political, prodding poetry.” Read the full list here.

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