Rhian Gallagher

‘One of the quiet, astonishing secrets of New Zealand writing.’ – Bill Manhire


Rhian Gallagher’s collection Shift encompasses a departure from London, where she lived for eighteen years, and a return to the pines and paddocks of the South Island. Here in vivid, evocative poems, she explores memories of the country she left, a love she gathered and the home-coming she found. Meditative, at times urgent, this collection will earn Gallagher a well-deserved place in the New Zealand poetic landscape.


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Rhian Gallagher’s first poetry book, Salt Water Creek , was published in London (Enitharmon Press, 2003) and short-listed for the Forward Prize for First Collection. In 2007 Gallagher won a Canterbury History Foundation Award which led to the publication of her book, Feeling for Daylight: The Photographs of Jack Adamson. She also received the 2008 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. Gallagher lives in Dunedin.


Winner of the New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry 2012.


September 2011, 210 x 148 mm, 80 pages, Australia & New Zealand only
Paperback, ISBN 9781869404871, $24.99