Reviews & Interviews


Otago Daily Times (Independent)

‘Like Claire Beynon’s beautiful mandala for the mosque victims that graces the collection’s cover, different pieces speak to one another and with writers past and present, shared experiences that creates smaller patterns within the larger whole.’

Otago Daily Times – reviewed by Cushla McKinney / 01 February 2021


‘it pulsates with the rhythm and flow of our country’

Radio New Zealand – Leilani Tamu reviews  the book / 25 November 2020


‘Every page feels fresh and alive, filled with sharp gutsiness, defiance, hurt, honesty and aroha. What an important and galvanising collection this is. Every piece is like an open window or door which gifts us access to a perspective, an observation, experience or insight. ‘

kete: New books from Aotearoa / 24 November 2020

‘… an aesthetically stunning cultural artefact and an at-times exhilarating read, skilfully edited. But it’s more than that. It maps diasporas in many directions; it captures the many sensibilities of a nation at this crucial moment in time; it reflects a changing and changed community; and it presents some absolutely gorgeous creative work.’

Academy of New Zealand Literature / 11 November 2020 


‘This isn’t a comfortable book and it isn’t mean to be. Instead, it’s a chance to reflect and to feel, to engage with many versions of what it might mean to be a New Zealander.’

NZ Herald / 7 November 2020


The Listener / 31 October 2020  





Radio New Zealand – a conversation with Editor Michelle Elvy, 08 December 2020

Poetry Shelf – Alison Wong discusses her poem ‘Earth’, COVID, gardens, beauty and hope, and reads her poem from the anthology, 13 November 2020

Radio New Zealand – a discussion with Catarina de Peters Leitãoe, whose creative nonfiction work, ‘The Packers’, features in the book / 12 November


Magic FM – Michelle Elvy in conversation with with Roman Travers, 25 October 2020

Part 1   &   Part 2