Hui Podcast

It’s the strangest thing hearing myself played back after public speaking. Here’s the podcast link (for anyone who is interested) to my kōrero from the Creative Cities Southern Hui in Ōtepoti Dunedin. I’m No.10 on the list, but the others are well worth a listen too if you have the time.

IMG_1547At the hui I read a few of my pieces, discussed my writing process, healing from a brain injury, my trip to the Edinburgh Book Festival in 2016, and the challenges of writing as Māori, in hybrid forms.

Sadly you won’t be able to see my photo slideshow, but here’s one of them – a Tūī I spied on Rakiura (Stewart Island).

I am very proud to live in a city that embraces creativity and the arts! Kia ora Dunedin City of Literature for inviting me to speak at the hui – I had a wonderful time.




New Story

Kia ora WordPress whānau,

What an awesome surprise, to see my story ‘Rabid Dogs’ up on Reflex Fiction and #longlisted yesterday!

There are a few more goodies of mine (writing-wise) in the pipeline before Kirihimete (Christmas).

The Nottingham Peacebuilders Anthology, Pacific Monsters Anthology (Fox Spirit Books), public speaking (eek) at the Creative Cities Southern Hui in Ōtepoti Dunedin next week, the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology…and some surprises too.

Mā te wā, see you again soon

Iona x


how do i ignore the stonesimg_8120.jpg

that amputated pieces of me

my hair morphing from russet to grey

deciduous trees unaware of the fall

a faceless journey devoid of purpose

tarnished thoughts litter landscapes of ashen ground

countless stones that i carry

rest mottled upon my spine

Nottingham Peacebuilders

23215441_901634106669905_6200907508705752925_oI’m humbled to have a new story ‘Split’ included in the Nottingham Peacebuilders Anthology ‘Small Acts of Kindness’.

If you’re in the area (sadly I can’t jump on an international flight) check out the launch at Waterstones Nottingham, November 25th.

From one UNESCO City of Literature (Dunedin, New Zealand) to another (Nottingham) kia ora, thank you 🙂

paper to water

i stood in the sea

until your words blew awayIMG_2224

paper to water

loosened limbs dissolved


and i watched

as your hollow facts became ensnared

by the callous tide

Elbow Room Vol.18

Kia ora WordPress whānau,

I’m super stoked to say Elbow Room (UK) have (re)published my story ‘Karanga’ in Vol.18 of their gorgeous art journal

I love their commitment to hand binding these limited edition journals that are housed in places like The Poetry Library in London and The Scotland National Gallery.

It looks like Vol.18 is selling fast, so get cracking if you’d love a stunning piece of art (in the fabulous shape of a journal) in your hands and on your bookshelf.

Iona x