Hue & Cry at Tuatara Open Late

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Hue & Cry will be launching Issue 8 of the Hue & Cry Journal as part of the fabulous line up of art, music, books and food we have planned for our first ever Tuatara Open Late a City Gallery on Thursday 5th June. Olivia asked Hue & Cry Editor Chloe Lane a few of questions about the launch . . .

Hue & Cry Journal launch

Where and how did Hue & Cry come about?

The first issue of Hue & Cry – The Garden Party – was launched in 2007. We had launch events at Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington, and Gambia Castle in Auckland. The journal was created to promote emergent and early-career writers and artists – more recently showcasing the work of some more established practitioners as well – and to encourage communication within and between the artistic and literary communities. The journal’s distinctiveness lies in this attention to both art and literary forms. Although Hue & Cry lends itself to a classic literary journal format, this has been pushed by taking a curatorial approach to contributions as a whole, organising the journal as an aesthetic space with high-quality design. In 2012 a new publihing arm, Hue & Cry Press, was launched, and on 5th June, alongside Issue Eight, we will be launching our third book, the debut poetry collection by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, Autobiography of a Marguerite.

At the Tuatara Open Late on June 5th, Hue & Cry will be launching issue 8. Who and what feature in this latest issue? 

Issue Eight: Holidays includes new artist pages by Nick Austin, Louise Menzies, John Ward Knox, and Imogen Taylor. As well as new stories by Gemma Bowker-Wright, John Summers, and Rachel O’Neill, a translation of the Vietnamese-born writer Linda Lê by Sian Robyns, and new poems by Sarah Jane Barnett, Harry Ricketts, Amy Brown, and Hera Lindsay Bird.

Along with the launch of issue 8 ...

Autobiography of a Marguerite is Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle’s debut poetry collection. It is an innovative autobiography about illness, family dysfunction, and identity, and how they can shape one another. The narrator struggles with the effects of her auto-immune illness, and struggles to separate herself from her troubled mother. The narrative that emerges from the connected prose poems is both revealing and mysterious. Fragmentation, non-linearity and the use of footnotes reflect the disruptive nature of illness and the nature of recalling memories and family patterns. Butcher-McGunnigle’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Hue & Cry, Sport and Landfall, and her poems have been selected for Best New Zealand Poems in 2011 and 2012.

What do you have planned for the launch – who can we expect to see and hear from?

Because the launch is a celebration of both Butcher-McGunnigle’s debut collection, and Hue & Cry, Issue Eight, we’re going to break the event into two parts. First up, Siobhan Harvey will officially launch Autobiography of a Marguerite, and Butcher-McGunnigle will read from the book. Then we will have readings from three of the contributors to Hue & Cry, Issue Eight – poet, Morgan Bach, story writer, Matt Bialostocki, and Sian Robyns will read an excerpt from her translation of Linda Lê’s Conte de l’amour bifrons.

Autobiography of a Marguerite by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle

Olivia Lacey, Publicist

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