Author(s): David Eggleton
'Heaven and Hell' is the theme for the next Landfall, which features artwork by painter Liz Maw, sculptor Lonnie Hutchinson and printmaker Marian Maguire. Combining established New Zealand writers with some newer, more provocative talents, Landfall 226, edited by David Eggleton, contains some of the best contemporary imaginative local writing, transporting us to paradises, purgatories, limbos, netherworlds, infernal regions and realms beyond. Among the poetry is a new suite of poems by Cilla McQueen on the underworld, while other poets with new offerings on themes heavenly and hellish are: Joan Fleming, Frankie McMillan, Joanna Preston, Doc Drumheller, Chris Tse, Piet Nieuwland, Rachel Bush, Mary Macpherson, Richard Reeve, David Howard, Alice Miller, Stephen Oliver and Nicholas Reid--and more. An especially strong fiction section includes a haunting short story by the American writer and creative writing teacher Thom Conroy, now resident in New Zealand, along with compelling stories by Elizabeth Smither, Tina Shaw, Sue Wootton, Tracey Slaughter, Sean Monaghan and others. This issue contains the winning entry in the 2013 Landfall Essay Competition, 'Winter', by Tim Corballis, an erudite, lyrical and wide-ranging look at the personal, political, cultural and meteorological. Among other essayists, New Zealand expatriate Janet Holst provides an account of life in the Islamic city of Muscat, on the Gulf of Oman.
"The most important and long-lasting journal in New Zealand's literature." - Oxford History of New Zealand Literature
David Eggleton is a prolific poet, writer and critic. His many awards include six times Book Reviewer of the Year in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, PEN Best First Book of Poetry in 1987 and the Robert Burns Fellowship.