A stunning collection of Oceanic stories for the 21st century.
Stones move, whale bones rise out of the ground like cities, a man figures out how to raise seven daughters alone. Sometimes gods speak or we find ourselves in a not-too-distant future. Here are the glorious, painful, sharp and funny 21st century stories of Maori and Pasifika writers from all over the world. Vibrant, provocative and aesthetically exciting, these stories expand our sense of what is possible in Indigenous Oceanic writing.
Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti present the very best new and uncollected stories and novel excerpts, creating a talanoa, a conversation, where the stories do the talking. And because our commonalities are more stimulating than our differences, the anthology also includes guest work from an Aboriginal Australian writer, and several visual artists whose work speaks to similar kaupapa.
Join us as we deconstruct old theoretical maps and allow these fresh Black Marks on the White Page to expand our perception of the Pacific world.
About the Author
Three-time winner of the Wattie/Montana Book of the Year award, Katherine Mansfield fellow and playwright Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and accomplished writers. Witi’s first novel, Tangi, won the Wattie Book of the Year Award in 1974, a feat he repeated with The Matriarch in 1986. His celebrated novel Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies, now adapted as the film Mahana, won the Montana Book of the Year award in 1995.
Witi’s other novels and short story collections include The Whale Rider (also adapted as an internationally successful film); Dream Swimmer (sequel to the award-winning The Matriarch); Pounamu, Pounamu and Nights In The Gardens of Spain. In 2015 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Maori Boy.
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings is Tina Makereti’s first novel. It won the 2014 Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards Fiction Prize. Her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, also won the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards Fiction Prize in 2011. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (non-fiction), and in the same year received the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English.
In October 2012 Makereti was Writer in Residence at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, and in 2013 she was Curator-at-Large for the New Zealand Film Archive. Makereti has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, and teaches creative writing and English at Massey and Victoria Universities. She is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Maniapoto, Pakeha and, in all probability, Moriori descent. She now lives on the Kapiti Coast with her partner, two daughters and unruly dog.
Winner of the Nga Kupu Ora Fiction Award 2011 for Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa and again in 2014 for Where the Rekohu Bone Sings, Winner of the non-fiction prize of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing 2009, Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story in English 2009, Listed in The NZ Listener’s 100 Best Books, and Sunday Star Times Best Books of 2010.
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd July 2017
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Country of Publication: NZ
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.4 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.72