(Book cover spotted in an op-shop.) Auckland writer and academic JACK ROSS reviewed my book (and Aleksandra Lane’s) for the Landfall Review Online. You can read it HERE. It is a terrifying moment when you first read a review of your work – I feel a bit nauseous, I sort of squint at the screen … Continue reading the greatest thing in the world
I write about the seasons a lot, don’t I? I can’t help it. I grew up in a small town in the middle of farmland – my Dad was (still is) a hunter and fisherman and so we ate with the seasons and the seasons were meaningful in a way they may not be for … Continue reading the last
Yesterday I found a bird skull in the garden while I was weeding. I like the way there is a little patch of feathers on the top of it’s head, like a macabre toupee. In one of those cases of art foreshadowing life, I wrote a poem a long while back about digging up bird … Continue reading manifest poetry
The Comforter Cocktail We made this in a big punch bowl, but of course you can make it by the glass also. One part Blackcurrant Vodka Four parts soda water Enough rose-infused sugar syrup to make it pink and tasty. This is the stuff I used – it’s French, lovely and costs about $18 for … Continue reading The Comforter Cocktail
Launch one: The first launch was in Palmerston North at the City Library. The speakers were Helen Rickerby, my editor, Thom Conroy, friend and creative writing professor at Massey University, and Natasha Allan did a beautiful blessing of the book. This one felt like a slightly more formal, ‘family, colleagues, local community’ (and friends, of … Continue reading ‘The Comforter’ launches (2)
It’s early Monday morning and I just said to my editor, Helen Rickerby ‘Isn’t love the best drug? because I am still high from all the love at the launches!’. Helen and I did two launches, in two cities in two days! They were both really beautiful and special in their own ways. For a … Continue reading ‘The Comforter’ launches (1)
I’m launching my book in less than two weeks. I would love to see you there, if you are in Palmerston North or Wellington! Here are the details: Palmerston North launch: Friday, 2nd December, 6.30, Palmerston North City Library. Books available on the night for $25. There will be refreshments and general book related frivolity. … Continue reading off, off it goes
My book is going to print at the end of this week! I can’t believe it. Helen Rickerby, who owns Seraph Press and edited the book, has somehow made the process of editing and co-ordinating the book (seem) effortless AND even fun. She is a wonderful editor who really gets behind the poets she publishes, … Continue reading ‘The Comforter’ has a cover!