The Dilemma

Here’s the cover of Bravado – isn’t it stylish? I think this illustration sums up all that the Bravado Collective, in New Zealand, wish to express and achieve in their journal.

And in this edition they published Galanthus, one of the last of the Green Thought in an Urban Shade stories to find a home, and one of my favourites. So I was happy to see my copy arrive in the post.

But – they spelt my name with an ‘e’. Kaye Sexton. And I know why; it’s because they have a design person called Kaye Hubner and so if anybody bothered to copyedit the text, their eye probably glossed my name as hers. It is infuriating though – utterly infuriating, a bit like finding half a maggot in the apple you’re eating.

So would you mention it, or not? I never do, on the basis that what’s done is done, but then I wonder if perhaps it would help the journal do better in future if one pointed these kinds of things out … what do other writers do, I wonder? Get famous enough not to be misspelt, probably!


  1. Anonymous
    25th May 2007

    Just to show how much I don’t know about my ‘own’ literary scene, I’m a Kiwi but have not heard of Bravado’e. Will certainly be Googling after this post, and will purchase the issue you’re in. As you say, always good to support your local magazines.

    And I think you should drop them a polite note on the typo; just to make sure they do take more care in the future.

    Mark Hubbard

  2. Kay Sexton
    26th May 2007

    Well you can’t know everything Mark! It’s a nice looking publication though, you can contact them at PO Box 13 533, Grey Street, Turanga and there’s an interesting article about the importance of literary magazines in NZ in this issue.

  3. Vanessa G
    26th May 2007

    I love Bravado… I had a piece in an issue not long ago. Nice magazine. They nearly didnt survive after losing a grant equivalent to our Arts Council, I think… obviously they have a benefactor!

    nice ‘hit’


  4. Anonymous
    27th May 2007

    Just looked at the magazine. It’s a nice publication … has published some of the bigger names in NZ writing as well.

    Pity only a 3000 word fiction submission policy as basically knocks me out. Can’t seem to write a story under that length.

    Mark Hubbard


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