North & South - - Letters -

Nina Powles’ de­but po­etry col­lec­tion, Lu­mi­nes­cent (Ser­aph Press, $35), is a box set of five brightly coloured zines, or chap­books, con­tained in a folder cover and de­signed to be read in any or­der.

Each of the book­lets is a sec­tion loosely ex­plor­ing a dif­fer­ent woman from New Zealand his­tory, rang­ing from the fa­mous – such as cel­e­brated writer Kather­ine Mans­field and cos­mol­o­gist Beatrice Tins­ley – to a pos­si­bly fic­tional school ghost. Powles, who is half Malaysian- Chi­nese and half Pakeha, re­cently re­turned to New Zealand after spend­ing 18 months in Shang­hai study­ing Chi­nese. She has an MA in Cre­ative Writ­ing from Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity and won the 2015 Biggs Fam­ily Prize for Po­etry for the fi rst draft of Lu­mi­nes­cent. She is the author of the chap­book Girls of the Drift (Ser­aph Press, 2014) and sev­eral po­etry zines.

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