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Take Shelter In Landfall

Take shelter - in the pages of New Zealand's best journal of art and literature. Landfall 201, the latest issue, explores the many meanings of 'shelter' in poems, essays, stories, art, and reviews.

From blanket forts to caravans, from tidal waves to lock-ups, the writers and artists in this issue probe what it means to be at home. Saskia Leek's cover painting, showing a bird's eye view of a snow-bound house, hints at the engrossing winter reading inside. The content of Landfall 201 loosely ties in with the 'city' theme of the Auckland Writers Festival, which editor Justin Paton is participating in.

Highlights of this issue include a bound-to-be-controversial long essay by Damien Wilkins on the Janet Frame biography, poems by Margaret Atwood, riddles from Cilla McQueen, and an essay by Mike Davis, one of the world's foremost writers on cities and the shelter they offer, on disaster tourism in Hawai'i. Felicity Milburn and Emma Neale offer distinctive variations on the theme of shelter, discussing Hotere's 'sculpitecture' and the poetics of the house fire.

Three artists present portfolios of new work in Landfall 201: photographers Laurence Aberhart and Ellen Brooks, and painter Saskia Leek. Other contributions are a story by Roger McDonald (author of the 1999 hit Mr Darwin's Shooter), and new writer David Glynn.

The Landfall Review includes a special section on architecture with writing by architect David Mitchell and critic Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins. Among the reviewers are ex-London Review of Books editor Karl Miller (on CK Stead's The Writer at Work), and award-winning film critic Philip Matthews (who contributes a rousing survey of horror movies in New Zealand). Laurence Simmons reviews the Parihaka exhibition. A new feature called 'Lost and Found' is devoted to recovering underknown works of New Zealand literature.

Landfall 201 is the first issue with Justin Paton as the sole editor and it continues the high standards and the exciting new look he brought to Landfall 200. Louise O'Brien, writing in the Evening Post, says: 'New Zealand's oldest literary journal is in great shape for the new century.'

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Contributors to Landfall 201 Fiction: Jane Gardner, David Glynn, Anne Kennedy, Roger McDonald, Nicholas St John, Rhys Williamson Essays, Criticism & Autobiography: John Batten, Mike Davis, Felicity Milburn, Emma Neale, Peter Wells, Damien Wilkins Poetry: Margaret Atwood, Paola Bilbrough, Kate Camp, Janet Charman, Bernadette Hall, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Andrew Johnston, Cilla McQueen, James Norcliffe, Gregory O'Brien, Chris Price Art: Laurence Aberhart, Ellen Brooks, Saskia Leek Cover Art: Saskia Leek Special Feature on New Zealand Architecture: Tessa Laird, Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins, David Mitchell, Damian Skinner Reviews of Books by: Michael King, Te Miringa Hoahia, Gregory O'Brien & Lara Strongman, Justine Clark & Paul Walker, Damien Wilkins, Murray Edmond, Jo Randerson, Nick Ascroft, Barbara Brookes, Mark Young, CK Stead Reviewers: Gerald Barnett, Lita Barrie, William Broughton, Jonathan Bywater, Jan Cronin, Russell Haley, Philip Matthews, Karl Miller, Claire Murdoch, Iain Sharp, Laurence Simmons, Jeff Ford, Ian Wedde

THE EDITOR Justin Paton was born in Timaru in 1972. Previously a lecturer in the history and theory of painting, sculpture and photography at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, he is now curator of contemporary art at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. His art criticism, articles and book reviews have been published in a wide range number of newspapers and magazines. His exhibitions and publications include 'Hills of Gold: Michael Smither's Central Otago' and 'Warren Viscoe: Life and Limb'. He is the author of recent catalogues about Mark Braunias, Ricky Swallow and Peter Peryer, and his recent curatorial credits include 'Frances Hodgkins in Her European Context', 'Monument and Memory' and 'Erika: a Portrait by Peter Peryer'.


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