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!
I went to a lovely poetry event in Paekakariki last Saturday – the launch of Lynn Davidson’s ‘Common Land’ (VUP) and a local celebration of the recently launched ‘Graft’ by Helen Heath (VUP). Both poets were interviewed by Paekakariki poet, Dinah Hawken. It was a lovely laid-back affair with mood-lighting, a traditional ‘hall supper’, wine, … Continue reading win Graft!
I met David Merritt late last year when a colleague introduced us. We had a coffee and talked poetry and chickens and politics and I was very impressed by his dry, self-effacing humour and sharp-as-a-tack brain. When you talk to David it isn’t like the tennis of usual conversation: my turn, your turn, my turn, … Continue reading The David Merritt Experience
Late last year I did a mail swap with ROSE BEERHORST, the eldest daughter of the wonderful BEERHORST FAMILY. Rose and I have been ‘friends’ on flickr for a number of years and I have very much enjoyed her and her family’s photos there, and their blogs. In fact, I’m slightly obsessed with them and … Continue reading snail mail is love in action
All summer, as I went through the house room by room, cupboard by cupboard, this corner was full of a growing pile of stuff for a garage sale. It grew and grew and sat there in the corner – reminding me to keep clearing out and to try not to accumulate so much in the … Continue reading the garage sale
At work (City Library) we’ve been running ‘Crafternoon Tea’ on Friday afternoon where local craft enthusiasts can bring some handiwork, we provide a bit of afternoon tea and they can meet each other, sit and knit or sew and gossip. It’s not a new idea – I stole it from similar things in Auckland, Wellington … Continue reading crafternoon tea
My friend Bryan Gibson, who is a talented musician and photographer, ‘bootlegged’ me reading my poem ‘the stay at home mother contemplates flight’ at my Palmerston North book launch and made this movie, featuring his guitar-playing. He put this together the very night of the launch! I love having creative friends who will do things … Continue reading the stay at home mother contemplates flight
As an end of year treat before the intensive parenting of the summer holidays, I had two nights away at my friend Emma McCleary’s place in Featherston. I relish getting away by myself, no one to answer to, blissful solo time, free to think my thoughts and follow my whims. En route to Featherston, I … Continue reading snapshots from a weekend away
Further proof that I am powered by tea and coffee is THIS ARTICLE in yesterday’s Dominion Post where I was asked to choose ‘my favourite table’, and I chose Stagedoor Cafe. It was fairly excruciating being at work as people spotted the article in the paper over the course of the day. Comments from my … Continue reading world famous in Palmerston North
Social Media seems to have taken precedence over blogs these days, so I wasn’t sure if anyone would read this stuff…but, I felt the urge to do it, so it was worth the risk… I’ve been back to blogging a few weeks now & am enjoying it a lot. For I long time I thought … Continue reading do come in