Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Fish Stories reel in the reader

8 June 2015

Fish Stories reel in the reader

The latest collection of poetry from Mary Cresswell has been published by Canterbury University Press.

In this collection, Cresswell is at her imaginative best as she builds on her experiments with ghazal, a traditional form of Middle Eastern and Indian lyric poetry.

Cresswell says readers will enjoy the collection’s variety and will find humour in her work.

“It is accessible poetry, using rhyme, varying poetic structures and a range of topics. Readers will find humour, surprises and a jumping-off point for their own thoughts,” she says.

Cresswell says she hopes that the collection will encourage other poets look at the way they work and also appeal to those reading for pleasure.

“It collects observations of the outside world and different ways of writing poems.

“I want to encourage other poets to use formal verse and rhyme, as I think it’s rewarding and fun, and I want to show readers poems which are both thought provoking and a pleasure to read.”

Cresswell says the collection is “not confessional, not an emotional diary and not an autobiography”.

Fish Stories has been designed and printed in collaboration with Ilam Press and the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury.

About the author:
Mary Cresswell came to New Zealand from Los Angeles in 1970. She began writing poetry while winding down a full-time career as a freelance technical editor with a main interest in New Zealand natural history. Mary is co-author of Millionaire’s Shortbread (Otago University Press, 2003) and the author of two more poetry books, Nearest & Dearest (2009), and Trace Fossils (2011), both published by Steele Roberts.

Fish Stories by Mary Cresswell, published by Canterbury University Press, May 2015, RRP $25, ISBN: 978-1-927145-66-1.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: NZSQ Conclude National Tour With ‘Release’ Programme

The NZSQ concluded their national tour in Wellington with a three-part programme, the triumphant final installment of which was entitled ‘Release.’ It included three pieces representing radical musical innovation... More>>

Howard Davis: The Show Must Go On - ‘La Traviata’ Opening Night Wobbles
Casting problems have beset ‘La Traviata’ since its first performance in March 1853 at Venice’s La Fenice opera house. Sadly, Saturday night’s premiere at Wellington’s newly-restored St James Theatre proved no different... More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland