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The Emma Press publishes second short story collection by Auckland author

The Emma Press is launching Hailman by Leanne Radojkovich in May 2021. The short story collection was launched with an in-person event at Auckland Writers Festival on 11th May 2021, and will be followed by an online launch on 14th May. 

Hailman (9781912915705 / £8.99) is the follow-up to First fox, which was published by The Emma Press in 2017. 

The new collection contains ten dreamy, mythic stories which are rooted firmly in the dusty suburbs and countryside of Aotearoa New Zealand. Radojkovich dissects moments where the protagonists are confronted with truth and must decide whether to stand, fall or run.

“Sometimes heart breaking, sometimes joyous, the stories in Hailman show the past affecting the present lives of the characters. Full of insight into the human condition, with a poet’s eye for the natural world, these stories ripple out in ever widening circles. Radojkovich is a fresh, exciting new voice on the New Zealand/Aotearoa literary scene.” Frankie McMillan (The Father of Octopus Wrestling, and other small fictions)

Publisher Emma Wright says: ‘I’m delighted to be publishing Leanne’s second collection. She’s a wonderful writer, and her ability to create these immersive spaces and lives within each story is especially welcome right now, when so much of the world has come to a standstill.’

About the author:

Leanne Radojkovich’s debut short story collection First fox was published by The Emma Press in 2017. Her work has been anthologised in Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand and the forthcoming Best Small Fictions 2021. In 2018 she won the Graeme Lay Short Story Competition and was a finalist in the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction. She was longlisted for the 2020 Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize and shortlisted for the 2020 Sargeson Prize. Leanne holds a Master of Creative Writing (First Class Honours) from AUT Auckland University of Technology. She has Dalmatian heritage and was born in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. She now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, where she works as a librarian.

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