editor, Siobhan Harvey

SIOBHAN HARVEY is the editor of Our Own Kind: 100 New Poems about Animals (Godwit, 2009) and Poetry Editor of Takahe. Her poetry and prose have appeared in many New Zealand and international magazines and anthologies, and on Radio New Zealand. She also writes on books and authors for a number of New Zealand journals and magazines. teaches creative writing at Auckland University and is National Co-ordinator for New Zealand Post Poetry Day

About the book

Adopting the international model for first-rate literary criticism established by The Paris Review of one writer and one interviewer in a Q and A encounter, Words Chosen Carefully brings together some of New Zealand's finest literary practitioners: 15 writers and 15 literary critics, in discussions about each author's work, the nature of writing and the place of land, culture, belonging, society, family and art in their work.

With photographs by Liz March and an introduction by its editor, Siobhan Harvey, Words Chosen Carefully is the first book of its kind published in New Zealand in nearly two decades.

Those taking part include:

Lloyd Jones and Finlay Macdonald

James George and David Eggleton

Jenny Bornholdt and Harry Ricketts

Elizabeth Smither and David Hill

Peter Wells and Siobhan Harvey

Elizabeth Knox and David Larsen

Kate de Goldi and Kim Hill

Damien Wilkins and Lynn Freeman

Witi Ihimaera and Selina Tusitala Marsh

Paula Morris and Alice Te Punga Somerville

Kapka Kassabova and Louise O'Brien

Charlotte Grimshaw and Nicholas Reid

C.K. Stead and Lawrence Jones

Fiona Farrell and Iain Sharp

Owen Marshall and John McCrystal


Fifteen of New Zealand's leading writers talk to well known literary critics about their work in the first book of its kind published in New Zealand in nearly two decades.

'A rich and vivid picture of our storytellers and their inspirations, capturing their creativity and allowing readers to enter their worlds.' Noel Murphy, NZ Book Council

'It offers revealing insight into the key tenants of our literary space ... into what makes our talent tick and why they persevere.' New Zealand Herald

'All who enjoy reading New Zealand writers should own this outstanding book, it is a wonderful addition to our literary history.' Graham Beattie