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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.




Bonsai. A little beauty that a story of mine has been woven into. Ka pai 🙂

Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, short form fiction, flash fiction and prose poetry. A collection from 165 of us for your reading pleasure.

Exciting news

Kia ora WordPress whānau, it’s finally time to share the aroha  IMG_3969

March: ‘then the wind came’ accepted for publication…

April: Met my publisher…

May: Tweaked the manuscript…

June: Edits and first typeset copy received… 

July: Cover artwork in progress…


Rabid Dogs

Stoked to have a new story ‘Rabid Dogs’ in Barely Casting a Shadow – Reflex Fiction Volume 1. Reflex Fiction pic

She arrived more swiftly than I imagined she might, having crossed the world from the UK to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Some wonderful stories are contained within these pages, so here’s the Amazon link if you’d like one yourself 🙂