Hello! Its been a few moons since I posted…I took an unintended break there for a bit! What have I been up to? (I’m going to assume the fact you are reading my website means you are interested…ha ha.) Last year I received a grant from the Earle Creativity Trust to write a book about my … Continue reading many moons
If there are any locals (Manawatu, New Zealand) reading – I am about to start this: Although I hope people will come every week – I am aiming to have each session work as an independent writing experience, so people might come to just one and get a good fix of inspiration, or come to each one … Continue reading Adventures in Writing! & adventures in hibernating
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
Recently I took occupation of the Beatson’s Foxton house, which is generously rented out to writers at an inexpensive rate so that even people on a poet’s wage (cough cough) can afford a retreat, for a weekend with three writer friends. It’s a beautiful house overlooking the Manawatu Estuary, it has all the things you need … Continue reading a retreat into writing and resting
I haven’t been writing about my writing much lately because a) I’m not sure it’s that interesting to anyone but me and b) I try to save all my energy for the actual writing project but anyhoo…a small update… This year for me feels like a year of withdrawal, processing and deep thought. I decided … Continue reading recent reading, ongoing thinking
Happy National Poetry Day! I have done something (read poems, handed out poems, chalked poems on the street, pot-luck poetry lunches, megaphone poetry on Cuba Street etc etc…) every year since Poetry Day began in the 1990s. Of course, every day is poetry day when you are a poet, but it’s lovely to have a … Continue reading ‘KUPU’ – a poetry installation at the Palmerston North City Library
Most of my residency money went on dull, quotidian things (living!) but I did want to buy a small piece of art as a momento of the experience. Excuse the truly awful photograph – it’s hard to photograph shiny glass, but here is what I chose. (Trust me, it looks much lovelier in real life.) … Continue reading a new artwork, some poems popping up & The Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley.
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!
The residency is over. I’m all moved out of the flat and I handed the keys back in. I’ve been feeling a little flat this week – since I found out I got the residency last November, it was the thing I was looking forward to about this year….then suddenly I was there and doing … Continue reading same same, but different
On Sunday the sun came out after two days of heavy rain. Various plants were doing a beautiful job of holding water on their surface…jewel-like, shining in the sun. I have just two weeks to go of the residency! It’s gone SO FAST. BACK HERE I said I was going to write about it … Continue reading what you hold on to