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Phi Garland New Zealand Folk Musician and Kiwi Balladeer.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


I have just taken delivery of a folk publication - the Journal of Folklore Research, an international journal of folklore and ethnomusicology, published by Indiana University Press in USA. This latest issue should be of particular interest to New Zealanders for it features a number of papers presented by such people as John Archer, Michael Brown and myself at the first symposium of New Zealand folklore at Victoria University back in 2006. That symposium was an unqualified success, with the Stout Centre for New Zealand studies packed to overflowing and all present voting to keep the project going. This decision led to a second highly successful symposium at the National Library in early December 2007.

I was pleased to see my paper Chasing a Dream included and in print for the very first time. This should help prepare me for the forthcoming publication of my major book Faces in the Firelight around June this year. The book is based upon the workshops, teach-ins and presentations I have given at various folk festivals and universities over the past forty years. It takes a look at New Zealand history through the eyes of collected folklore, songs, stories, yarns and bush poetry.

Although negotiations for volume 44 (numbers 2/3 May-December 2007) of the Journal to be made available locally are still continuing, anyone who wishes to order a copy may do so through
Individual copies of articles are also available.