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Michael Botur is administrator for the website, which is the only website hosting the creative writing of Northlanders.

Mike also runs which is primarily to showcase his own short fiction writing.

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Fiction books published by Michael Botur

Michael Botur is author of hundreds of short stories, four published short fiction collections and one published novel.

He has also published poetry in most major NZ creative writing journals.


Moneyland (2017) Moneyland double panel

12 friends.
12 million bucks.
12 months.

No food.
No adults.
No backing out.
* * *
Eden Shepherd agrees to spend a year inside a biodome experiment with 11 friends from her high school.
They’re each paid one million dollars cash up front to stay inside the dome for a year.
The trouble is, there is no food, drink or electricity in Eden’s new neighbourhood, and there is no bank for Eden to keep her million safe from her enemies – or her friends.

Would you like a paperback or Kindle copy of Moneyland?
Kindle edition here

Paperback edition here

Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Me
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1979319225

Find Moneyland on Goodreads



Lowlife (2017)Lowlife double panel

Short story collection

Lowlife is available from and

250pp ISBN-13: 978-1547018598 RRP $24.99

‘Lowlife: short stories’ book by Michael Botur in the news:

Review by Paul Little in North & South magazine, Feb 2018


In this collection of tales, Botur ambles around territory previously occupied by Bukowski, Wells, Tower and other chroniclers of the louche life and finds himself right at home. The first sentence gives the flavour of much febrile prose (and low-rent subject matter) to come: “Bipan, that dickhead from Nepal who regulates the adhesive levels on each glue gun in the factory, he keeps changing the radio station to R&B and after 20 minutes of R. Kelly you have him against the wall with the nozzle of an air gun in his face and you’re telling the dude, Dude: you mess with Skynyrd one more time, you’re goin home in a ambulance.” Botur wields this demotic vocabulary, and these agitated rhythms, combined in collages of invective and obscenity, with much skill. It’s a neat trick that’s easy to stuff up, but he consistently gets it right. In the story quoted above, the protagonist quits his job because the songs on the radio tell him to. But once out there, he discovers the world is a harsh place and rock ‘n roll dreams really don’t come true.

Although a lot of the people in these stories are in and out of jail, and freedom of any kind is not something they take for granted, not all the characters are at the bottom of the heap. The “you” at the centre of ‘InsAngel’ is someone who buys fountains and ride-on mowers – so why wouldn’t he become obsessed with a performance/con artist who bludges fags from tourists while pretending to run a half marathon? “Granny Frankenstein” offers an update on the criminally inclined seniors of Arsenic and Old Lacein a screwball comedy about a little old lady who turns out to have a knack for selling P. It’s a small, comic masterpiece and the perfect conclusion to a remarkably satisfying collection.


Spitshine (2015) 

Short story collection Spitshine double panel

Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1508840206



MEAN (2013)

Short story collection

MEAN on Amazon 

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A very ‘mean’ review (‘mean’ means good in NZ working class parlance)

Bros, buds and bashings: fifteen fresh fables. Reviewers said: “These stories are energetic, often breathless, containing concrete detail, close observation, originality and power. Most of them use street language in a playful, or serious manner. The collection is peppered with expletives, topics about sex, drugs, viciousness and breaking the law. Botur’s work might be seen to betray a debt to the tradition of modernism, the kind of luminous fluidity one finds in Rimbaud.” – Patricia Prime, Takahe 84 “Mean is subtitled ‘fables of bros, buds and bashings’, and there is no shortage of accounts involving drug use, sex, violence and lawbreaking. But this collection does include a wider range of people than just those involved in such activities. Botur is actually writing here both about the victims and oppressors, the powerful and those with less power. In fact, he has something for just about everyone who has experienced some form of bigotry, injustice, a sense of helplessness, or just running out of petrol.” – Piet Nieuwland, Landfall June 2016 “The motley cast of characters is both despicable and oddly loveable. While the majority make some horrible decisions with their lives, you can’t help but empathise with them. As a former journalist he has perfected the skill of telling a story and evoking emotion. Botur is a clever writer. He has mastered the art of leaving things unsaid. Nowhere is this more evident than in ‘Take Care Of Her’. The story is cleverly nestled in amongst the other tales of woe and Botur leads you along the garden path that this is a tale of joy. However, he leaves your heart filled with dread and ripped in two simply by saying nothing. It is a marvel.” – Rebekah Fraser, NZ Booklovers “Michael Botur knows the mean streets of the big city well, and he writes about them with wit, compassion and insight. That makes Mean a tough but rewarding read.” – Tim Jones, Beattie’s Book Blog


Hot Bible! (2012)

Short story collection Hot Bible double panel

Paperback: 202 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1481877404


Thirteen astonishing tales from the leading voice in New Zealand’s newest generation of fiction writers.

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