poetry by Alice Hooton

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shamfeign from the Women's Bookshop and Parsons

Please buy your copy from these fine stores.

Parsons Bookshop Auckland

26 Wellesley Street East
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Phone: +64 9 303 1557
Fax: +64 9 357 0877

Women's Bookshop
105 Ponsonby Road

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shamfeign was launched at East Coast Bays Library to a large crowd of at least 80 people. Dr. Jack Ross MCed, publisher Raewyn Alexander spoke and Alice Hooton read three poems from this fine collection. Thanks so much to library staff and everyone who assisted.

Shamfeign will be available from The Women's Bookshop, Ponsonby Road, please ask for it there.

Alice Hooton is soon to be interviewed on National Radio about her poetry, was featured in the North Shore Times and other media are also going to cover her first publication, Shamfeign.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Launch of Alice Hooton's poetry collection Shamfeign will be at East Coast Bays Library, 16th April, Saturday, 5pm. No Eftpos; please use cash or cheque only, book just $22- on the day.  RSVP to raewynalexander @ (address to be used without those gaps).

Please feel welcome to enjoy a glass of wine with us, hear some fine poetry and purchase this exciting new book.  Map is here -  

East Coast Bays Library 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay, Auckland, New Zealand

BF Publishing also offer the book by mail-order, $25- + $2- p&P ($27-) cheque please to - 

BF Publishing, 45 Ivanhoe Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021 (we do not, by the way, accept unsolicited manuscripts)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Many thanks to Adam Gillitt  for the book design and Eye Street Poets for their support and editing ideas.

BF Publishing are proud to announce the launch of Shamfeign by prize-winning poet Alice Hooton shall be in April 2011.

Please let us know if you'd like an invitation, there will be one launch on the North Shore of Auckland then  also, a reading at The Happy Tea House, Grey Lynn with the other Eye Street Poets.

Alice Hooton's generous nature is obvious in these spare, carefully crafted poems which elegantly tell so much about people and history.  Here is the blurb from the back of this book -

today I paint a picture
of islands

a clipped blue sea
jostling windsurfers in the bay

a ragbag of home talk
lest they forget ...

Frank, heartfelt stories from immigrants who settled America through Ellis Island around 100 years ago; then Hitler's war through the frayed senses of embattled soldiers abroad and also, their loved ones at home in New Zealand; along with narratives threaded around circus life, the tensions and rewards of family connections; achingly beautiful descriptions which result from love of a place and people. Polished verses linked to family oral literature and an extraordinary understanding of world history. Facts artfully revealed, not obscured by what people may selectively want others to hear and yet, how delightful and mysterious it may appear to realise we're rarely entirely free of cut-crystal affectations, embroidered tales and fancy notions.
Shamfeign - the duplicity of glamour and a play on the word, champagne. (Alice Hooton invented this word in conversation at Eye Street Poets, Grey Lynn, Auckland, NZ).
A highly original first poetry collection from the winner of the Inaugural Kathleen Grattan IWW Poetry Award 2009.

ISBN 978-0-473-18062-1