Books and publications


Tail of the Taniwha (Beatnik 2016) is Meredith’s first book of short stories and follows her much lauded 2012 collection of poems Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik Publishing) and multi-award-winning 2010 play Rushing Dolls (Playmarket, 2012).

“Fabulously sassy, Meredith turns her poetic lens to short fiction, capturing her journey from urbanesia to metropolitan Europe. Tail of the Taniwha is her smashing debut collection.” –Robert Sullivan

“This is fine work. There is a lot of energy in the prose and on the strength of the observations and insights along the way we trust the voice.” –Lloyd Jones

“…loud, lyrical, and audacious.” –Paula Morris

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Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick is a collection of poetry by Courtney Sina Meredith. Meredith has established a local and international reputation as a performer, poet, musician and playwright. Her work is an on-going discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique and an educated, politically aware, international voice.

Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick is available from Beatnik and in bookstores nationwide!

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Urbanesia is a collection of four outstanding scripts by contemporary Pasifika playwrights, each examining the tension between Western and Pacific Island culture and values and how that tension is being played out in Aotearoa. Rushing Dolls by Courtney Sina Meredith expresses in poetry and drama the complex desires and explosive energy of successful young Polynesian women. Cleo is searching for the perfect job and life in the shiny city but the pressures of family responsibility and following her dreams almost overwhelm her.

Urbanesia is available from the Playmarket Bookstore.

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Contemporary Women Playwrights: Into the 21st Century.

Breaking new ground in this century, this wide-ranging collection of essays is the first of its kind to address the work of contemporary international women playwrights. The book considers the work of established playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Marie Clements, Lara Foot-Newton, Maria Irene Fornes, Sarah Kane, Lisa Kron, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Djanet Sears, Caridad Svich, and Judith Thompson, but it also foregrounds important plays by many emerging writers. Features commentary about Rushing Dolls (by Courtney Sina Meredith) by Dr Diana Looser.

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Poetry NZ 46. Poetry NZ is New Zealand’s foremost poetry magazine, guest edited for this issue by Nicholas Reid, presents the finest new writing from this country and elsewhere. Each edition offers poems by talented newcomers and developing poets as well as those of already acclaimed and established writers. This issue features the poetry of Courtney Sina Meredith.

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Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing The Empty Page is a must-have poetry companion for all lovers of New Zealand poetry.

With its poems selected by Siobhan Harvey, Harry Ricketts and James Norcliffe, all talented poets, academics, anthologists and poetry champions, this book deserves a place on every New Zealander’s bookshelves. Features a poem by Courtney Sina Meredith.

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I Sit Like A Garbage God. 

BOZAR LITERATURE invited German poet Daniela Seel to curate a literary intervention in the BOZAR exhibition WOMAN: The Feminist Avant-garde from the 1970s. The result is a literary visitor’s guide with work by 14 adventurous female poets in whose work the female condition plays a prominent role. A poetic atlas of contemporary figures from every continent, it contains poetry from Argentina, Lebanon, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and other countries. With Ann Cotten, Dolores Dorantes, Athena Farrokhzad, Kim Hyesoon, Hiromi Ito, Lebogang Mashile, Courtney Sina Meredith and more.

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A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children is An award-winning collection of the best New Zealand poems for children, edited by star New Zealand poet Paula Green and illustrated inventively by Jenny Cooper. Winner of a Storylines Notable Non-Fiction Award 2015. Features a poem by Courtney Sina Meredith.

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Landfall 224: Home + Building

Courtney Sina Meredith, Emma Barnes, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Tony Beyer and C.K. Stead (among others) offer up new poems exploring topics as disparate as the body, the corner dairy, ‘cloud’ technology, silent film stars and more. Features ‘Silvertip’ – Meredith’s 20 short poem collection, based in Berlin.

To order online visit Otago University Press


Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English is a follow-up volume to the highly acclaimed Whetu Moana, the first anthology of Polynesian poems in English edited by Polynesians. The new book includes poetry written over the last 25 years by more than 80 writers from Aotearoa, Hawai’i, Tonga, Sāmoa, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Tahiti and Rotuma – some living in these islands and some dispersed around the globe. Features two poems by Courtney Sina Meredith.

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