Press Release – Whitireia Polytech
The annual literary journal 4th Floor is releasing its 2011 edition along with an ebook anthology of writing from the first six years of the journal. Both will be celebrated with a live event on 20 November in Wellington.F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E Monday 14 November 2011
Pighunting and Elvis Presley: 4th floor 2011 celebrates with live gig
The annual literary journal 4th Floor is releasing its 2011 edition along with an ebook anthology of writing from the first six years of the journal. Both will be celebrated with a live event on 20 November in Wellington.
4th Floor is the literary journal of Whitireia New Zealand’s writing programme, and is published online each year. This year, however, some of the writers are bringing it live to their audience with music, poetry and prose in performance at The Ballroom Cafe in Newtown, Wellington on Sunday 20 November.
The event, which begins with an open mic, will feature music by the publications’ editor, poet and musician Hinemoana Baker, and readings by local writers James Brown, Adrienne Jansen, Natasha Dennerstein and Rob Hack among others.
“I’m thrilled to be releasing 4th Floor with this big, busy live event this year,” says Baker. “The celebration is a great way to bring these e-publications – which are less tangible than print books – into the writing community.”
4th Floor publishes poems and prose by students and mentors of the Whitireia writing programme.
Baker has edited the literary journal for four years and says it’s the diversity she enjoys most about the publication. That diversity was apparent again when selecting the work for the retrospective anthology and this year’s edition.
“There’s definitely a lively frisson when these works are gathered together. Everything from pig-hunting to Elvis Presley. It’s a vibrant and wonderful mix,” says Baker.
Both 4th Floor and 4th Floor Since ’05 are collaborations between the writing and publishing programmes at Whitireia New Zealand. All the technical and production work for the ebook and website is undertaken by publishing students completing their year-long course in book publishing.
4th Floor 2011 is now live at: www.whitireia.ac.nz/4thfloor/ The ebook 4th Floor Since ’05 is available as a free download from 21 November at: