An accomplished performance poet, Alex has been described by the Listener as ‘a robust and multi-faceted talent.’ He has published an anthology, Stopped & Expounding, and for 18 years has written a weekly column in the Waiheke Island newspaper, Gulf News. In the Wind, a book of the best of the first ten years of the column, is available at Waiheke island bookshops.
For his creative writing, Alex has won the Rangitawa Short Story Award, and been short listed or runner up in the AUT Creative Writing Competition, the Takahe Short Story Competition, the Society of Authors Graeme Lay Competition, BNZ Katherine Mansfield literary awards, and the Manhire Prize.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, Alex’s work extends into new media in paintings, sculptural expression the form of unique weathervanes, and environmental installations.
Alex’s work has received critical acclaim. Reviewer Janet Hunt wrote: “…it tantalizingly both suggests and eludes meaning. Freeform, fluid, twirling and spinning like dancers across the boards, his work owes a little to maps, derives something from cartoons, and hints at musical notation or handwriting, especially hieroglyphics or cuneiform scripts. At the same time, it forms something greater than all of these.
“…this is a line which subverts, upends and defeats expectation. Stone challenges us, invites the viewer to look longer…it is we who must make imaginative response.”