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In Issue 11:

Vita Annie, ‘Learning to Drink Tea’: Vita is an English Literature student at Victoria University of Wellington and completed the IIML short fiction course in June 2017. She also does the odd bit of photography which has been shown at Wellington’s Matchbox Studios (2016) and at In The Basement (an art night in London, 2017). ‘Learning to Drink Tea’ is her first published story.

Stephen Coates, ‘Maelstrom’: Stephen comes from Christchurch but is currently living in Japan. He has had a few (very few, OK, three) stories published in Landfall and Takahe.

Andrea Ewing, ‘Bathing Mr. Petrovic’: Andrea is a criminal lawyer and lecturer by day, and a time-poor poet and writer by night.  One day she will make it as far as Menton, but for now, Auckland is home.

Georgie Johnson, ‘Body’: Georgie is an English Literature and Art History graduate of Victoria University of Wellington. Published twice in STARLING literary journal, Georgie is an emerging writer and artist who has a fascination with human nature. Georgie can be found close to the sea, where she spent most of her time growing up in Wellington.

Simon Middlemas, ‘Mi Mujer Maravilla’: Simon is a writer from the UK. He tried to kill his love of words with an ill-advised PhD in sport psychology, but remarkably, it survived. Simon combines a ‘grown up’ job as a lecturer and consultant with travel, surfing, books and telling his dog, Etta, to get off the furniture.  He lives with his wife, Heidi, in Karitane, home of Plunket nurses and yellow poo.

R. L. Nash, ‘The Porcelain Cat of Bordertown’: R. L. is a Dunedin writer. Her short stories featured in Takahē magazine while she was studying speech and language therapy. She has a novel manuscript looking for a home and is drafting another.  In between bouts of writing, she’s kept busy mothering, working in unglamorous admin, and sewing wonky seams.

Stephen O’Connor, ‘Red Rock Creek’: Stephen is a lecturer who takes his mind off things by trail running with his border collie.

Sam V. H. Reese, ‘Atlantis’: Sam, an incessant traveller, grew up in New Zealand before living and working in Sydney and London. He is now based in York, and lectures in English at the University of Northampton. This is his first foray into fiction.

Conrad Smyth, ‘147 Days and Counting’: Conrad lives in Toronto and writes fiction that pokes fun at life’s absurdities. He takes inspiration from many wonderful authors and will continue to write so long as it brings therapy, purpose, and joy.

Andrew Stiggers, ‘The Book Parade Prize’: Andrew lives in Auckland. His short stories have been published, or are forthcoming, in various anthologies and literary journals, and his achievements include being the winner of the 2017 Global Ebook Awards (Short Stories category) for his historical-fiction collection: “The Glassblower’s Daughter and Other Tales from Southwest Germany”. He was also the winner of the Trisha Ashley Award 2017 for best humorous story, and a finalist for the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2015. More information about his writing can be found on He dedicates this story to his youngest daughter, Lily, who dreams about robots.