Early next month the first Hue & Cry Press title, A Man Runs into a Woman, will be launched. It is also my debut poetry collection of poetry. As you might understand, I am incredibly excited about the event. Over the next few weeks I am going to blog about the process of publishing a book (from the writer’s perspective). It’s something I’ve never experienced before, and pretty interesting so far. Here are the details if you’d like to help me celebrate at the launch (times TBC):
Wellington: Friday, 10 August, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery (City Gallery).
Auckland: Friday, 24 August at Snakepit Gallery.
And here’s the press release:
In A Man Runs into a Woman, Barnett looks at the different ways to tell a person’s story: two middle-aged men strike up an unlikely friendship, one couple reconnects after the war, while another couple leave the worst unsaid, and a cross-dressing man talks with his daughter. A series of nine distinctive poems explore the gap between the heartfelt last words of Texas death row inmates, and the grim police reports of their crimes.
Barnett said she was interested in looking at the way conflicting stories could exist in the same world. “With this book I wanted to see how conflicting stories could exist in the same world. I wanted my poems to think about the way people come together and totally change the course of each other’s lives.”
Hue & Cry Press is a Wellington based publisher, born as an extension of the New Zealand art and literary journal, Hue & Cry.
Since founded by Chloe Lane in 2007, Hue & Cry has been recognised as distinctive new voice in New Zealand letters and has gained notice overseas. It is now sold across Australia and was featured in a documentary about Wellington’s literary scene, to be screened at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair.
“A wholly wonderful New Zealand literary/art magazine of today. It comes out only once a year and is always worth tracking down.” - Guy Somerset, The NZ Listener