Paula Morris (Ngati Wai, Ngati Whatua) is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. A frequent book reviewer, interviewer and festival chair, Paula holds degrees from universities in New Zealand, the UK and the US, including a D.Phil from the University of York and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is convenor of the Master in Creative Writing programme at the University ofAuckland. Haru Sameshima was born in Shizuoka City, Japan, and immigrated to New Zealand in 1973. He completed an MFA (1995) at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Sameshima has exhibited and published widely in New Zealand and his images illustrate some of New Zealands most significant art and craft publications. He has his own publishing imprint, Rim Books, and runs his Auckland studio, Studio La Gonda, in partnership with Mark Adams.
'Like the best picture books, Shining Land is short and physically beautiful; the narrative and the images are inseparable and entirely complementary; it's a book to read in a single sitting, and return to. And, like the best picture books, it opens up vistas well beyond its relatively modest scale.' - Sarah Shieff, Academy of New Zealand Literature 'This is a lovely book, one to ponder over, and read in a quiet space that gives you time to think.' - NZ Booklovers