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Best Small Fictions 2019

Last week I was also excited to announce that my story Toetoe had been nominated and selected for the prestigious The Best Small Fictions 2019 Anthology IMG_E6112

Toetoe was published with Flash Frontier and subsequently in my collection then the wind came in 2018. Here’s the link to the original version as published by Flash Frontier

Sharing the aroha (love) and I’m so thankful for all your support.

Kā mihi aroha, Iona x



Books on shelves

Four months on and I’m delighted to report that then the wind came is making an appearance on library shelves, in bookstores, and on loved ones bookshelves too.

Mission accomplished…getting her out into the world and people’s hands. It still feels surreal, the fact that I’ve had an actual book of hybrid poetry and fiction published. Even more so, that people are engaging with the kupu (words) and me.

There are a few events coming up in May, for those based in Te Waipounamu (the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand).

May 2nd – Meet the Neighbours – Blueskin Bay Library, Waitati, Dunedin 7pm

May 12th – Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival – Short, Shorter, Shortest 4.30pm

May 21st – National Book Night

If you’d like a copy of then the wind came, I have a few spares (if you’re after a signed one). Otherwise you can order online via my publisher Steele Roberts Aotearoa

Kā mihi maioha, Iona x

On the radio…

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the lovely Vanda Symon, on Otago Access Radio. We had a kōrero about books, writing, flash fiction, poetry and then the wind came.

Here’s the link for anyone who wants a wee listen. I’m about 26 minutes in (13/2/19 episode)

IMG_E5188In other news, then the wind came has gone off to many countries (including Canada and Ireland).

If you’d like a copy, you can buy direct from my publisher Steele Roberts Aotearoa or if you’d like a signed copy I have a wee stash at home (just message me for payment details).

Thanks for all your wonderful support! I could not have done this without you.

Iona x

Thank you

Whakawhetai ki a koutou, massive thanks for all your support during 2018.

then the wind came was successfully launched at the Dunedin Athenaeum Library on December 14th, and it was beautiful to see so many people attending. We writers can’t do this without support, be that encouragement, critique, hugs, or tea.

Here is the link, via my publisher Steele Roberts Aotearoa, if you’d like a copy of the book

Wishing you a blessed summer (or winter if you’re in the other hemisphere) and a 2019 filled with promise. With more projects percolating I’m feeling excited about the potential.

Kā mihi aroha, love and best wishes

Iona x

Book Launch Week

Whā. Four…more sleeps until ‘then the wind came’ is launched. I’m obviously excited now that I’m counting down the sleeps.

Today, the wonderful Poppie Johnson at Crux Queenstown posted an article about the book.

If you would like a copy you can email:, or check their website from release date (14 December)

I’m looking forward to sharing ‘then the wind came’ with you all.

Kia tau te rangimārie, Iona x


Nau mai haere mai.

You’re invited to the book launch of then the wind came, my debut collection of stories and poetry.

If you can’t make the launch in Ōtepoti Dunedin, you are very welcome to contact the publisher directly for pre-order information. Details are on the event page.

I’m humbled and grateful for the amount of support, encouragement, feedback (in all shapes and sizes) and love in getting then the wind came accepted for publication (Steele Roberts Aotearoa). Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me to date.

Mā te wā, Iona x


Book launch…

Tēnā koutou katoa, greetings everyone,Dec 14

I’m incredibly proud to say we have a book launch date for ‘then the wind came’ – my debut collection of poetry and short fiction, published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

For those of you in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand, we’ll be launching ‘then the wind came’ on December 14th, in our UNESCO International City of Literature!

More details to follow…but for now, think of all those people who might like a wee treat in their Christmas or Solstice stockings.

Iona x

On the radio…

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Radio New Zealand, with Karyn Hay. Here’s the link if you’d like a listen. I’m on about 27 minutes in.

We had a kōrero about the genre, and the writing of flash fiction, my journey with healing from a TBI, and I read ‘Toetoe’ (published earlier this year with Flash Frontier).

Happy listening 🙂

LitCrawl Wellington 2018

There’s been a great deal emerging from out of Hōtoke (Winter in my hemisphere).

I’m delighted to share that  a book cover been decided upon for ‘then the wind came’ AND I’ve been invited to read and offer a workshop on the craft of writing flash fiction, at LitCrawl Wellington 2018.

Here’s the links for those of you based in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I hope to see some of you there.

Mōteatea poem

Mōteatea is a new poem, written and recorded in response to an exhibition by Beth Caird on grief processes, at Blue Oyster Art Project Space in Ōtepoti Dunedin. It has just been published by the wonderful people at Blue Oyster – here’s the link

It was important to record the spoken word, alongside the written text, to bridge the spaces I explore in my creative work. As a writer with Māori ancestry, and still recovering from a brain injury, having multiple ways to access and approach my writing is vital.

Mā te wā, see you again soon


Author’s Note: A mōteatea is a lament.