Land Very Fertile seeks to capture the spirit of the much-loved area which has long been the source of literary inspiration. The collection draws on a wide variety of sources, including such New Zealand greats as Ursula Bethell, Denis Glover, James K. Baxter, Ngaio Marsh, Allen Curnow and Maurice Shadbolt, along with many newer voices such as Joe Bennett, Fiona Farrell, Bernadette Hall and James Norcliffe, as well as exciting lesser-known talents. It is a landscape of literature which reflects the location's unique heritage and diverse charm.Author BiographyCoral Atkinson is an Irish/New Zealand writer living in Governors Bay on Banks Peninsula. She has worked as a teacher, an educational journalist and in book publishing. Coral's published work includes two novels, The Love Apple (Random House, 2005) and The Paua Tower (Random House, 2006). David Gregory is a Christchurch-based poet active in the promotion of New Zealand writing. He is an editor for Sudden Valley Press and a member of the Canterbury Poets Collective. David has two books of poetry to his name, and a third in production. His work has been published and performed locally and internationally. Martin London has been taking photographs since his school days in Oxford, England. He has never attended a photographic course. His work can be found scattered through books, magazines and in private collections. Martin is a GP, formerly in Akaroa and now in South Westland.
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