Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Selection of Football Poetry 1890-2017

Title: Boots: A Selection of Football Poetry 1890-2017

Editor: Mark Pirie
ISBN: 978-0-473-40157-3
Price: $30.00
Extent: 102 pages
Format: 149mmx210mm
Publisher: HeadworX

Cover image: George Best by Michael O’Leary

Boots is a collection of historical football poems by international contributors, which was first published in
New Zealand as a special football issue of the periodical broadsheet: new new zealand poetry to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The poems celebrate ‘the beautiful game’ with a range of emotions, critical insights and expressions/images of the much-loved international pastime.
The book includes a Foreword by the former New Zealand international footballer Michael Groom 1980-84, and an afterword by the London memoirist, translator and poet Anthony Rudolf.

Contributors include the well-known and renowned to first-time authors and occasional versifiers: Dannie Abse (UK), Nick Ascroft, Simon Boyce, James Brown, Albert Craig (UK), PS Cottier (Australia), John Dickson, Michael Duffett (USA), Ben Egerton, John Gallas (UK/NZ), C.W. Grace (UK/NZ), Dylan Groom, Vaughan Gunson, Jeff Hilson (UK), Tim Jones, Gary Langford (Australia/NZ), Moshé Liba (Israel/The Netherlands), David McGill, Harvey Molloy, Michael O’Leary, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Pirie, Harry Ricketts, Alan Ross (UK), Kendrick Smithyman, Grant Sullivan and André Surridge.

This new edition includes new material found by the editor in the past three years.

“Mark Pirie’s compilations are always interesting and worthwhile.” – John Symons, Journal of the Cricket Society, Autumn 2014

“The authors in this collection have had their hearts and souls moved by the game they love.” – Michael Groom, New Zealand All White 1980-84, from the Foreword

This title is also available internationally from Lulu in paperback and eBook (credit card and PayPal accepted) - see the new HeadworX Shop

About the Editor
Mark Pirie is a Wellington poet, publisher, literary critic and archivist for PANZA.  He played football 1983-1993 as a left-sided midfielder or defender and was a free-kick and penalty taker. He has published poetry on many sports, including cricket, football, rugby, tennis, surfing and netball, and in 2010 edited/published the first anthology of New Zealand cricket poems, A Tingling Catch. Latest collection: Rock and Roll: Selected Poems in Five Sets (Bareknuckle Books, Australia, 2016).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Louise Burke will retire from Simon & Schuster on August 18, after 16 years with the company and a 40 year career in publishing. She joined S&S in 2001 as publisher of Pocket Books, and in 2009 she led the newly-formed Gallery Books Group, which combined Pocket and what was then Simon Spotlight Entertainment. During her tenure the group launched and grew lines including Karen Hunter Publishing, Jeter Publishing, North Star Way, Scout Press and Threshold Editions, the latter a driver of many big authors for S&S, but also the imprint that signed and then cancelled Milo Yiannopoulos.

S&S ceo Carolyn Reidy writes, "Decisive and direct, Louise has been an outstanding colleague and team player and over the years has contributed mightily to the successes of others. We will miss her enthusiasm and clear-eyed publishing sense, but know that she leaves behind a team of knowledgeable and talented publishing professionals."

Gallery Books publisher
Jennifer Bergstrom has been promoted to senior vice president and publisher of the Gallery Books Group, reporting to Reidy. Bergstrom "will have full responsibility for all the publishing, editorial, publicity, marketing and other functions and activities of the Gallery group." She joined S&S in 1998 as editorial director for the launch of Simon Spotlight, and was editor in chief of the Gallery imprint when it was formed in 2009.

Reidy writes, "Those of us who have worked with Jen know her to be an unstoppable force. Her energy, commitment and publishing savvy have been instrumental to Gallery's growth and success, and now she will be applying that formidable drive and knowledge to an even larger and more varied group of imprints and authors in the Gallery Books Group. It will be fun to watch the results."

In other People news, Becky Melvin has joined the W Publishing Group as director of publicity. Previously she was director of public relations, social relations, and social media for Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Joshua LaMorey has left Franklin & Siegal and relocated to Berlin.

Eric Kuennen has joined VitalSource as vice president of professional learning. Previously he was vice president for Pearson.

Former longtime Transworld editor Diane Pearson, 85, has
died. Transworld managing director Larry Finlay said she "is an integral part of the Transworld story, and hers is a legacy which will burn brightly for years to come."

The UK's James Tait Black prizes went to Eimear McBride's
The Lesser Bohemians for fiction and Laura Cummings' The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez for nonfiction

Montreal International Poetry Prize

Bryan Walpert's poem “Tranquil” is one of 50 finalists in the Montreal International Poetry Prize, selected from 2200 entries from 70 countries. Judging for the final prize is ongoing.
A Massey University article is here:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dunedin author/ illustrator David Elliot has won both the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Awardand the Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Dunedin author and illustrator David Elliot wins 2017 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award

Dunedin author and illustrator David Elliot has won both the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award, and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration , at the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

His book Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath, published by Otago University Press, was announced the winner at the awards ceremony on Monday evening in Wellington.

Snark is a tumultuous romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll, brought to life through the vivid imaginings and fabulous art of its award-winning author and illustrator David Elliot. 

The judges’ report acclaimed Snark as a ‘dynamic piece of work which will have value many years from now’ that offered ‘everything the reader could want – mystery, adventure and intrigue, all spectacularly wrapped up in a creative package that will enthral the whole family.’ 

The report described David Elliot’s draughtsmanship as outstanding, and said the cohesive way he combined all the elements of the book was what won the judges over.

Elliot says he was pleased and surprised that his ‘genre bending’ book had won out against a ‘strong field of wonderful children’s books’.

Otago University Press Publisher Rachel Scott says the book is a unique creation from one of New Zealand’s leading children’s authors and illustrators, and the awards are an exciting achievement for the Press and Dunedin, a UNESCO City of Literature.

David Elliot is based in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. He has won many awards for his work, including New Zealand Post Children’s Book of the Year in 2011 (with Margaret Mahy) for The Moon & Farmer McPheePigtails the Pirate won Best Picture Book in the 2003 awards.
Snark is available at all good booksellers


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      The bookshop began as a hobby in a garage back in 1983, a real bookstore in 1984,  and found its present home in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand in 1988. It was founded on my passion and obsession for books of all kinds, and I believe we have created a store with an essence of magic, pleasure and surprise, a repository of learning, knowledge and entertainment. The books in the shop are complemented by the store itself - a several storey nineteenth century chaotic shambles of a timber building with well-worn wooden stairs and original wallpaper still hanging (just) from the walls. It is both a cultural icon and an economic anachronism with a unique bookish atmosphere available to all incomes and tastes.

        Many thousands of customers from around the world have visited as children, supplied themselves as students, and now bring their children to experience the piles of tumbling books and half-hidden treasures. Hundreds more people have worked short or long-term with us over the last 34 years and helped shape the shop as it now is.

       Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction... which is why this email has arrived in your inbox. The landlord hasn’t  maintained the building for the last twenty years and is now signalling a massive rent increase, one we won’t to be able to afford. Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit. Despite working pretty much seven days a week I don’t own properties or have savings or bankable assets. The business has been a labour of love which pays our wages and continues to give a great many people of all ages pleasure, but there are no gold bars buried in the garden (we’ve looked).

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Slave Power by Raewyn Dawson

​Slave Power
by Raewyn Dawson

The spectacular cover image of the arrow-wielding young horse woman will certainly capture attention on the book shelves and encourage readers to flick through the pages of thPictureis beautifully presented book.
     YA readers will readily identify with the cast of characters. Girls will love imagining themselves as pure-hearted Melo, who embraces the peace way, but is also a fearless soldier when required. Melo’s nemesis, Mithrida, selfishly manipulates behind the scenes determined to undermine not only Melo – she also covets the Queen’s power.  
 The empathic leadership qualities demonstrated by Melo and her tribe sends a positive message for teenage readers. The story is not all love and peace but does touch on darker elements of slavery, including murder, rape, and sexual perversion. Note, these are not graphically portrayed, only referred to in the context of the story. More emphasis is placed on cooperation and peaceful resolutions.
     The story clips along and I had a continual desire to turn the page as I was invested in Melo and her tribe’s plight.
     There were a couple of style issues that distracted me from the story. The first was an overabundance of exclamation marks throughout the entire novel and, in my opinion, culling 99.9% of them would markedly improve the story flow. The second would be allocating the point of view (POV) to specific characters and having a distinct break between POV changes and removing omnipresent intrusion. 
   The author must have performed meticulous research and this attention to detail alongside her imaginative flair has created a fully fleshed world, complete with an entire and credible belief system. The settings are so richly described that starting each chapter is like stepping into a mind movie. 
     I thoroughly enjoyed Slave Power, Book One, of The Amazon Series, and I would read more from this author.

Flaxflower Review by WJ Scott, multi-award winning children’s author
Title: Slave Power
Author: Raewyn Dawson
Publisher: Mary Egan Publishing
ISBN: 9780473389376
RRP: $25
Available: bookshops

University of Auckland - National Poetry Day EDvents

Auckland University Press is coming in hot this National Poetry Day with two fantastic events on campus!
25 August 2017
1 - 2pm
Venue: University of Auckland General Library
Location: City Campus, Princes St, Auckland Central
See C. K. Stead, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Michele Leggott, Ian Wedde and student poets perform at a lunchtime reading in the University of Auckland's General Library.
First up we have poets performing live at a lunchtime reading in the University of Auckland’s General Library. Check out the Facebook event here.
Then in the afternoon, please join us in celebrating the launch of Selina Tusitala Marsh’s new poetry collection. Spoiler alert: there will be dancers! More here.



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New Kiwi voices domainate Ngaio Marsh Award finalists

 The verdicts are in: new Kiwi voices dominate among 2017 Ngaios finalists

There’s fresh blood aplenty in the local crime writing ranks and the usual suspects were nowhere to be found as the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists were named on Monday.

Now in their eighth year, the Ngaio Marsh Awards celebrate the best New Zealand crime, mystery, and thriller writing; fiction and non-fiction. “It’s been a remarkable year, and a tough one for our international judging panels,” said awards founder Craig Sisterson. “After record entries last year, we really weren't sure what to expect in 2017. None of our previous winners were in the running, nor some other great Kiwi crime writers who'd been multiple-times finalists. In fact, eighteen of the nineteen authors who'd been finalists in the first few years of the awards were MIA.”

But instead of a lull, this year’s Ngaios hit a new high-tide mark, powered by a flood of fresh voices joining the genre – both debutant authors and established writers turning to crime.

“Entries in our fiction categories were up fifty percent, and the quality and variety has been really outstanding,” said Sisterson. “New Zealand readers love crime, and our local authors are offering plenty of world-class writing, both traditional detective tales and books stretching the borders.”

The international judging panels (thirteen authors, critics, and editors from five countries) praised the inventiveness and freshness of the stories our Kiwi writers were producing. “Talk about judging apples and pears,” said Paddy Richardson, a two-time finalist and now one of seven judges for the Best Crime Novel category. “It was more like apples, asparagus, avocados, and melons!”

This year’s finalists will be celebrated, and winners announced, at a special WORD Christchurch event to be held on 28 October. “We’re stoked to be working with Rachael King and her team,” said Sisterson. “We’re really grateful that WORD Christchurch have been supporters right from our very first year, and it’s lovely to celebrate our very best crime writers in Dame Ngaio’s hometown.”

The finalists for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards are as follows.


·       Pancake Money by Finn Bell

·       Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Zaffre)

·       Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)

·       Marshall's Law by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)

·       The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman (Allison & Busby)


·       Dead Lemons by Finn Bell

·       Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)

·       The Ice Shroud by Gordon Ell (Bush Press)

·       The Student Body by Simon Wyatt (Mary Egan Publishing)

·       Days are Like Grass by Sue Younger (Eunoia Publishing)


·       In Dark Places by Michael Bennett (Paul Little Books)

·       The Scene of the Crime by Steve Braunias (HarperCollins)

·       Double-Edged Sword by Simonne Butler with Andra Jenkin (Mary Egan Publishing)

·       The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie by David Hastings (AUP)

·       Blockbuster! by Lucy Sussex (Text Publishing)

Each category winner will receive a Ngaio Marsh Awards trophy and a cash prize.

 For more information on the Ngaio Marsh Awards, this year’s finalists or comments from the judges, please contact Craig Sisterson at

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

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