This collection of personal essays, a first of its kind, re-imagines the idea of place for an emerging generation of readers and writers. It offers glimpses into where we are now and how that feels, and opens up the range and kinds of stories we can conceive of telling about living here. Contributors include Tony Ballantyne, Sally Blundell, Alex Calder, Annabel Cooper, Tim Corballis, Martin Edmond, Ingrid Horrocks, Lynn Jenner, Cherie Lacey, Tina Makereti, Harry Ricketts, Jack Ross, Alice Te Punga Somerville, Giovanni Tiso, Ian Wedde, Lydia Wevers, and Ashleigh Young.
Ingrid Horrocks is the author of a travel memoir, Travelling with Augusta: 1835 and 1999 (Victoria University Press, 2003), and two collections of poetry. She did a PhD at Princeton University and now teaches creative nonfiction and English at Massey University, Wellington. Her articles on shifting understandings of mobility have been published in such journals as Studies in the Novel, English Literary History and Studies in Travel Writing, and her book Reluctant Wanderers is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Cherie Lacey is an academic and essay writer whose work is interested in affects, the unconscious, and new media technologies. She is currently writing a book of creative nonfiction essays called Remote, which explores the impact of media and military technology on consciousness. She completed her PhD in Film Studies at the University of Auckland (2010), and teaches media studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Cherie is currently researcher at the School of Continental Philosophy at Canterbury University.