A Kind of Shelter Whakaruru-taha

An anthology of new writing for a changed world

Edited by Witi Ihimaera and Michelle Elvy

Eminent writers think about a better world

Sixty-eight writers and eight artists gather at a hui in a magnificent cave-like dwelling or meeting house. In the middle is a table, the tēpu kōrero, from which the rangatira speak; they converse with honoured guests, and their rangatira-kōrero embody the tāhuhu, the over-arching horizontal ridge pole, of the shelter. In a series of rich conversations, those present discuss our world in the second decade of this century; they look at decolonisation, indigeneity, climate change . . . this is what they see.

Edited by Witi Ihimaera and Michelle Elvy, this fresh, exciting anthology features poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as kōrero or conversations between writers and work by local and international artists. The lineup from Aoteraoa includes, among others, Alison Wong, Paula Morris, Anne Salmond, Tina Makereti, Ben Brown, David Eggleton, Cilla McQueen, Hinemoana Baker, Erik Kennedy, Ian Wedde, Nina Mingya Powles, Gregory O’Brien, Vincent O’Sullivan, Patricia Grace, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Whiti Hereaka. Guest writers from overseas include Aparecida Vilaça, Jose-Luis Novo and Ru Freeman.

Ihimaera and Elvy have curated a luminous hui, a book to return to time and again.

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A Kind of Shelter is a remarkable anthology that is not a collection of one form of writing but a storehouse of creative expression.’ — Tania Roxborogh, Kete Books

‘Each work paints a picture of what our collective future could be . . . And in this, the anthology is inspiring.’ — Rachel Smith, Landfall Review Online

  • CATEGORY: Contemporary issues, Ebooks, Literature, Poetry
  • ISBN: 9781991016225
  • ESBN: 9781991016232
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 11/05/2023
  • PAGE EXTENT: 360
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Witi Ihimaera (Te Whānau-a-Kai, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe) has had careers in literature, diplomacy and academia.

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Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and teacher of creative writing.