Kate De Goldi
Closed, Stranger by Kate De Goldi depicts the complicated friendship between Max Jackson and Andy “Westie” Westgarth. They are both entering their first year of university and must juggle relationships, school, and complicated home lives. The stress of all this often sees Max and Westie turning to drugs to forget their problems. Of course, this will have repercussions and leads to tragedy later in the novel which will inevitably change both of their lives forever.
The title, Closed, Stranger, refers to the term used to describe the practice of placing non-biologically related children with adoptive parents. Read more
The Art of Walking Upright
“The art of walking upright here is the art of using both feet”. For many New Zealanders, the very essence of being Kiwi is being part of a community that embraces both Māori and Pākehā culture.
The Art of Walking Upright is said to be Glenn Colquhoun’s love letter to the people of Te Tii in Mangonui. This anthology, he says, is “the beautiful, troubled, fertile gap between Pākehā and Māori”.
Half-way through his medical degree, Colquhoun, at age 28, felt he was emotionally and spiritually unfulfilled. Colquhoun lived for a few months in Te Tii, where he became closely involved in the local community. Read more