When Te Papa Tupu ended on Friday, 3 December at a hui held at the offices of Huia Publishers in Thorndon, it felt more like the closing of one process and the opening of another than an ending. We were welcomed warmly into the HUIA whānau, and Robyn Bargh explained their kaupapa of nurturing writers, […]

With the deadline looming, a nagging sense of panic wakes up with me every morning. If I feed it, not much writing happens that day. It got so bad a few weeks ago I went searching for what my motives were in wanting to write this novel, and casting about, I found an essay I […]

Often this month, I’ve questioned, why am I doing this? Not so long ago, a New Age–shaped world view would have me think, oh, but writing seems to have chosen me. Now, I can’t be so sure. Back then, I might cite the time I went looking for guidance on what I thought was an […]

When I last met my mentor, Alia Bloom, we shared coffee in the sun on the terrace of her home, and I hesitantly agreed with her suggestion to dispatch Buddy Winter. I created Buddy, so it was only right that I be the one to destroy him. He was an awful man, but like a […]

Years ago, I had a career change from commerce to cooking. My first job was in a restaurant called The Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow. Quite quickly, I determined their menu was too big, too many choices and too many ingredients piled onto the plate, smothering and confusing the flavour of the primary fare, be it […]

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