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Shining Land: Looking for Robin Hyde


Main Details

Title Shining Land: Looking for Robin Hyde
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Paula Morris
Illustrated by Haru Sameshima
Series part Volume No. 2
Physical Properties
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction
Individual photographers
Literary essays
Literature - history and criticism
ISBN/Barcode 9780995131828

Publishing Details

Publisher Massey University Press
Imprint Massey University Press
Publication Date 12 November 2020
Publication Country New Zealand


Shining Land: Looking for Robin Hyde brings together award-winning novelist Paula Morris and distinguished photographer Haru Sameshima. It is the second in the korero series of picture books edited by Lloyd Jones, written and made for grown-ups, and designed to showcase leading New Zealand writers and artists working together in a collaborative and dynamic way. In Shining Land Morris and Sameshima focus on the New Zealand journalist, poet, fiction writer and war correspondent Robin Hyde, exploring three locations important to her difficult life and ground-breaking work. This beautifully considered small book richly rewards the reader and stretches the notion of what the book can do.

Author Biography

Paula Morris (Ngati Wai, Ngati Whatua) is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. A frequent book reviewer, interviewer and festival chair, Paula holds degrees from universities in New Zealand, the UK and the US, including a D.Phil from the University of York and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is convenor of the Master in Creative Writing programme at the University ofAuckland. Haru Sameshima was born in Shizuoka City, Japan, and immigrated to New Zealand in 1973. He completed an MFA (1995) at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Sameshima has exhibited and published widely in New Zealand and his images illustrate some of New Zealands most significant art and craft publications. He has his own publishing imprint, Rim Books, and runs his Auckland studio, Studio La Gonda, in partnership with Mark Adams.