then the wind came

Iona Winter


These stories and poems bring a wonderful new realism to the page. The writing is strong and clear, infused with human feeling and shot through with a palpable sense of an expanded natural world. — Sue Wootton

… a startling collection of stories and poems by an original new voice … complex, traumatic, and ultimately celebratory. This book confirms Iona Winter as a profound writer who is a welcome, necessary voice in the literature of Aotearoa, New Zealand. — Siobhan Harvey

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Passionate about Aotearoa, Iona Winter has a deep connection with nature and weaves past, present and future to create a bicultural melding of the worlds she inhabits. Themes of family, dysfunction, violence, survival and hope perfuse.

Paper to water

I stood in the sea
until your words blew away
paper to water
loosened limbs dissolved
and I watched
as your hollow facts became ensnared
by the callous tide

About the author

IONA WINTER, of Waitaha and Celtic descent, lives in Otepoti (Dunedin). Her short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in many New Zealand and international publications. The recipient of the 2016 Headland Frontier Prize, she has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and in 2018 was shortlisted for the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Passionate about Aotearoa, Iona writes in hybrid forms that highlight the intersection between written and spoken word. Through a profound connection with nature she weaves past, present and future, traditional and contemporary, to create a bicultural melding of the worlds she inhabits.

Additional information

Dimensions 148 × 210 mm