Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Michele Leggott's Northland

Pania Press is proud to announce the appearance of its latest publication: Michele Leggott's new poetry collection Northland, available in a numbered, limited edition of seventy-five copies.

The chapbook contains five poems, and is dedicated to Susan Davis, Frances Edmond and Judith Binney.

Here's the table of contents:

spirits bay
fat buds
degli angeli
never dreaming

And here's a sample poem:

Michele says of the book:

Nobody knows for sure who brought the first rose to Northland but chances are it came with the westerlies that blew everything else from Port Jackson (Sydney) to the Bay of Islands in the early 1800s. Certainly there were sweetbriar plants at Rangihoua, and their marvellous history of appearance and disappearance is part of what drew us north towards the end of last year. Once there we found ourselves footstepping other travellers: Robin Hyde (Iris Wilkinson) who got as far as Spirits Bay in 1937; the prophet TW Ratana who spent a night on the cliffs above Te Reinga before the lighthouse was built; and the poet Leigh Davis who spent as much time as he could at Whale Bay before his untimely death on 3 October 2009 ...

The books cost $30 each, and can be ordered either by leaving address details (which can be done completely confidentially) in the comments section of this blog, or by writing to Pania Press at 2/5 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay, Auckland. We charge full postage costs for overseas addresses, but postage within New Zealand is free.

A nice notice here from Helen Rickerby on her blog Winged Ink (30/1/11):

Northland, by Michele Leggott (5/52)

Northland is a gorgeous hand-made book from Pania Press (Jack Ross and Bronwyn Lloyd). I was keen to get my paws on a copy because it's about, or perhaps rather set in, the same areas as my book Heading North. Northland is a gorgeously produced book, and it was lovely revisiting some of these places in poetry. I think my favourite of the poems was 'listening', with the repeated line at the end of the three stanzas 'unwinding the bird in my throat'.

Thanks, Helen! We've both been enjoying the latest publication from your own publishing house Seraph Press, Vivienne Plumb's Crumple ...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Cover Image & design: Bronwyn Lloyd

Our latest publication is called Silhouette. It's designed by Bronwyn, to a poem by Jack, reflecting our joint passion for Project Runway on TV. It's a big book, A4-sized, and very tactile (as you can see from the images below):

You can find more samples at Mosehouse Studio, along with the full text of the poem.

Remember, though (in keeping with our design aesthetic), that every copy will be subtly different: different cutouts, different lines - each numbered and unique.

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Argo and The Wahine

I guess you might have been wondering what had become of us. I'm glad to be able to announce, then, that Pania Press is back - with a Christmas gift book, The Argo & The Wahine, and lots of exciting book projects planned for 2010, which we will tell you about very soon. In the spirit of giving, each of the 30 copies in the edition are spoken for, but our next batch of publications will be available for sale either through Parsons, our favourite bookshop, or directly through us.

As you can see, each copy has its own unique handmade cover, and a text made up of a story by Bronwyn Lloyd and five poems by me, Jack. In keeping with the maritime theme, they've been bound in seagreen cardboard, with blue dustjackets and the text printed on cream paper.

The books have a extra special significance for us, though, as they commemorate Bronwyn's father's death in the middle of last month. Rest in Peace, Peter.


(December 25, 2015) Antigone . Poem by Jack Ross. Design by Bronwyn Lloyd. Pania Singles 3. Auckland: Pania Press, 2015. Every Chri...