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Watch this space…

Some exciting news is on its way. IMG_3969

All I can say for now is watch this space whānau, and I’ll keep you posted.

Mā te wā,

Iona x


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 🙂 

Nottingham Poetry Fest

Next week I’m appearing (via Skype) as a guest writer at this fantastic Nottingham Poetry Festival event.


It’ll be strange to be 11 hours ahead and into Tuesday morning (and possibly just out of my autumnal pj’s) when everyone there will be enjoying a glass of wine on Monday night!

Shout outs to Nottingham Peacebuilders for inviting me along, I’m honoured.

Easter Weekend

What a weekend Easter was! IMG_3380.JPG

A new story ‘Toetoe’ has been published with the wonderful peeps at Flash Frontier, in their Pasifika issue

…and another story ‘Swan’ has been long listed with Reflex Fiction

…and there’s something else, but I’ll save that for later, watch this space.


Monsters Conversation

IMG_3266Kia ora WordPress whānau,

Sharing a kōrero (conversation) I contributed to, along with other Indigenous writers from the Pacific Monsters Anthology.

Kia ora to the Institute of Classical Studies in London, for the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful and enriching kōrero.

Iona x

Ode to You


I remember when you were young

so full of tenderness and wonder

a deep chuckle far beyond your years

you knew things that we’d forgotten

but now an enraged beast resides

hacking away beneath the surface

of your beautiful skin

religiously I bargain with gods

grateful when my outstretched hands are slapped away

because it means you are alive

I will not stand by and watch you bleed

you are ageing as you endure this torment

and I must keep my despair

safely tucked away

when you fall I will always pick you up

I refuse to turn my back

or pretend

that the shadowy beast has gone

because I still see glimmers of light inside you

I will not stand by and watch you bleed

when you were young you dreamt of things

much better than this

patiently I wait for you to return

my promise is to speak out

against the cruelty you turn inwards

my place is to remain unflinching

when you clothe yourself in darkness again

because I see the love you hold

deep down


your beautiful skin


Note: A reworked version of an older poem. In support of those left behind, after the recent suicide of one of our young people. Iona x

The Future Fire

This week it was awesome to be interviewed by The Future Fire, where we discussed the stunning Pacific Monsters book, my childhood fear of the dark, and a new doorway into the world of PhD’s in Creative Writing.

Pacific Monsters

Book reviews

IMG_3091Over the summer break I had the pleasure of reading two fabulous books, First Fox and Waitapu, by a couple of clever wāhine (women) authors from Aotearoa New Zealand.

The reviews I wrote, for Landfall Review Online, can be found here:


(picture taken in Ōtautahi Christchurch, NZ)