Last Friday the public collaboration phase of BLACK RIVER was launched…with a haka, a song and some morning tea. In this phase, people are invited to contribute writing (there are two typewriters in the space, plus lots of pens and paper) or visual art and they can immediately hang it, becoming part of the exhibition. … Continue reading black river / peoples’ river
Looking through my photographs from recent times I realised I forgot to post more photographs of KUPU, the ‘poetry off the page’ installation which I did in the Palmerston North City Library with fellow local poet, Leonel Alvarado. First installment was back HERE, when they had only installed one poem. Here are some photographs of … Continue reading KUPU, part two
Before I blather on about the launch of this fine, artisanally-produced book THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN ORDER ONE. GO ON. SUPPORT NZ POETRY AND INDIE-PUBLISHING. On the weekend, I attended my darling friend Maria McMillan’s (I wrote a bit about Maria HERE) book launch at the Aro Community Hall. This is her first book … Continue reading The Rope Walk is launched!
A Forager’s Treasury By Johanna Knox Allen & Unwin, $36.95 I’m late in writing this review – I’ve had the book for some weeks now and I was supposed to post a review last week, but it’s taken me a long time to gather my thoughts about it because, quite simply, I’m completely overwhelmed … Continue reading Review of ‘A Forager’s Treasury’ by Johanna Knox
I had the best cafe breakfast EVER – avocado mashed with feta and mint on sourdough toast with a poached egg on top, at Tomato Cafe: I DIDN’T buy these things from the op-shop: Horse fire-guard. I love these gothy horses…but I don’t have a fire that needs guarding… Gorgeous Magnolia plate….but $25?? C’mon, op-shops, … Continue reading this week
The Red Cross hold an annual book sale here. It is amazing – two giant halls filled with books, magazines, music. It is so big and so busy it can be more than a little overwhelming! I go every year and always find incredible things. This year I decided to focus just on vintage children’s … Continue reading poetry-nerd-gasm
I am working on two writing projects at the moment (around the day job, the kids, the endless house-keeping and cooking)…..(‘oh to be a writer, a real writer!’ to quote Katherine Mansfield.) One is my next collection of poems and the other is less simple – a project involving over a decade of journals. I … Continue reading art will eat itself
A friend gave me a spare Cape Gooseberry bush at the start of summer and it has settled in nicely to my garden. I’ve recently had the first fruits off it – the taste of the berries, which I haven’t eaten for many years, took me right back to being a kid. I used to … Continue reading cape gooseberries
‘Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.’ -Chuck Close Halfway through last year I started work on my second book. The first book was out of my hands while it was being edited, laid out and designed. I had some notion of what I wanted the second … Continue reading the next step
Back between 2004-2008 when I was first blogging – I had a notion to take some of my blog posts which were about sustainability, gardening, thrifty living and put them together, expand on them and write a book. I didn’t, of course, and in retrospect am kind of glad because there has been a positive … Continue reading How Green Are My Wellies?