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Contributor to 4 new books in 2018

The Writing Life, by Deborah Shepherd (Massey University Press) Interviews with twelve New Zealand writers (interview)
Women Now, the Legacy of Female Suffrage, ed. Bronwyn Labrum, Te Papa Press (essay, Playing with Fire)
The Friday Poem, ed Steve Braunias, Luncheon Sausage Books (poem, Man Weeping)
A Conscientious Bloody Clergyman, The diaries of Reverend William Levack 1952–1964, curated by the Waipu Museum Trust (essay, 1954 Reflections)

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Visit to Frankfurt Book Fair 2016

Visit to Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, funded by Creative New Zealand in association with PANZ. Report from Fiona Kidman

I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was a first for me and offered a major and enriching experience. My thanks go to Creative New Zealand for funding the trip, to PANZ staff for their meticulous organisation, and to

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New fiction title, All Day at the Movies

A Day at the MoviesMy new novel is called All day at the movies. I describe it as an ‘episodic novel’ that follows the fortunes of one family from the 1951 waterfront strike to 2015.
I talk about it and my other books in an interview…

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German edition of The Infinite Air

Infinite Air GermanThe Infinite Air is being launched in its German edition at Frankfurt Book Fair in October.

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This Change in the Light: a collection of poems

RHNZ Godwit 2016

Godwit Publishing has just released my new collection of poems, a companion volume to the bestselling Where your left hand rests.

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Les Livres des Secrets

Alexis-DulondelThe Book of Secrets had a great run in France last year as Les Livres des secrets (Sabine Wespieser Editeur).

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Better than Fiction

Better than Fiction 2Better than Fiction 2, True adventures from 30 great fiction writers (Lonely Planet 2015) includes the story “The Road to Lost Places” by Fiona, and stories by Jane Smiley, Alexander McCall Smith, Marina Lewycka, Lloyd Jones and Avi Duckor-Jones.

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An Innocent Abroad: Life changing trips from 35 great writers

An Innocent Abroad: Life changing trips from 35 great writers is Lonely Planet’s annual collection of literary essays.   Read more

Fiona and Fiona

Fiona Farrell (centre) and I read at Wairarapa Word in Carterton early this month (Fiona and Fiona). We travelled by train to Matarawa and had a superb lunch at the home of artist Rhondda Greig (left) before our reading  (see the food column).   Our bookseller was Almo’s Books at Carterton, the moderator of the …

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One happy month

Over one happy month The Book of Secrets has appeared in Paris as Le Livre de Secrets to full-page reviews in nearly all leading daily newspapers; my poetry collection, Where your left hand rests is translated into Italian as Dove si posa la mano sinistra (by a team of translators in New Zealand and Italy, led by Marco Sonzogni from Victoria University); and …

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