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BROADSHEET: Vana Manasiadis + Shona Gow

Poet: Vana Manasiadis
Poem: I would rather lose a good earring than be caught without make-up (Davis, Crawford, various starlets), written 2017.
Printed on a 1960 Heidelberg T-Platen by Shona Gow, Magpie Press.
Paper: Somerset Radiant White, 500gsm, 100% cotton archival paper.
Date: 2017
Size: 293 x 210 mm
Limited Edition of 12

Vana Manasiadis judged the 2016 NEW VOICES emerging poets competition and took part in the 2017 Divine Muses reading. She is a poet, creative writing teacher and editor. Born in Wellington, she has lived in Greece, Italy and France, and in 2005 completed a Masters in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University. Her poetry collection Ithaca Island Bay Leaves: A Mythistorima published by Seraph Press in 2009, draws on her Greek heritage and as Lynley Edmeades puts it, "the spaces between one place and another, one language and another, one historical time and another". Her work is regularly published in New Zealand literary publications and features in 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry and Essential New Zealand Poems. In 2016, she edited and translated Shipwrecks/Shelters, a selection of contemporary Greek poetry, and the first in a planned series of bilingual poetry collections, published by Seraph Press. For the series this year, Vana is co-editing a bilingual volume of poetry by M?ori women writers with playwright Maraea Rakuraku.


Shona Gow worked in various roles before finding her passion in letterpress printing; including working for a publishing company and the Auckland Writers Festival. She describes herself as having always been interested in the care and thinking that goes into the production side of publishing a book. After 5 years with the festival though she felt she needed a break and wanted to try something more creative. Hearing of a man with a letterpress she asked if she could visit and observe. An informal apprenticeship followed leading to a new career. Gow established Magpie Press in Auckland in 2009. In 2015 she moved her 1960s Heidelberg Windmill Letterpress and a 100 year old Golding Jobber press to Whakatane. She works with many designers producing top quality letterpress business cards and invitations and also with illustrators looking for a unique medium to capture their artwork. In 2012 she produced the cover for local Indie band, Luckless. Designed by Aimee Carruthers who described it as " absolutely thrilling to see the artwork come to life on the press. Making something with letterpress is on every designer's bucket list, I'm sure."


Many thanks to Shona who has kindly donated an edition of 12 prints to assist fundraising for the NEW VOICES - Emerging Poets Competition.


For more information or to purchase a limited edition poetry broadsheet contact Jane Sanders.