Author(s): Michael Morrissey
The Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories was published by HarperCollins in 2000, and has been a steady seller since that date. It is now time to update the collection for important short stories published since that date, and to review its overview of New Zealand writing as a whole.The Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories is an exciting and different anthology, which will be an invaluable resource for the student of New Zealand literature, whether at tertiary or secondary level. In some instances, it offers two or three stories from particular authors, giving the reader a substantial sample of their work. The anthology will interest the general reader who wants to be made aware of recent trends in New Zealand writing and it will naturally grace the walls of any library or private collection.
Michael Morrissey is a versatile and often innovative poet and fiction writer, who received the Auckland University Writer's Bursary for 1977, and published his first book of poetry, Make Love in All the Rooms, the following year. He was writer-in-residence at the University of Canterbury in 1979, and in 1981 gained a Fulbright travel grant to visit America. He won the 1982 PEN Award for Best First Book of Fiction, and since that time has been a widely published novelist and poet, as well as writing for stage, radio and film. He edited the first edition of the Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories in 2000.