Welcome to my world of books and news. My life as a writer has yielded rich and varied experiences. A writer’s imagination is fuelled by memory, stories told, research, and ultimately the imagination. I remind myself that we only have one life to draw on and not a day should be lost to its possibilities.

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Life Writing and Memoir Workshops

Photo by Daniel Horner

Watch this space for the next dates for Workshops.







Latest book:

So Far, For Now

March 2022
RHNZ Vintage

More of my life stories, a catch-up since the last memoir, published about ten years ago.  These have been busy years, marked by the writing of more books, the birth of family, widowhood, political involvement, travel, leading writing workshops, grief and joy in near equal measure. These 18 essays traverse the territory, the best I can tell you about what happened next.

….threaded through So far, for now is a theme that makes Kidman incredibly likeable: the art of rediscovering oneself, or discovering for oneself. Kidman is a traveller, an investigator, of not just others’ lives, but her own. – Kelly Dennett Stuff

Kidman emerges life-size from her words: spirited, adventurous, loud and constant in her demands for justice, quietly determined in her quest for truth, honest in her admission of vulnerability and of pain. The prose is similarly open, relaxed and familiar, almost colloquial in its tone and structure. Every essay is a lesson in fine storytelling. – Rachel O’Connor, Academy  of New Zealand Literature

Find out more about it here.

Cover for book All the way to Summer

All the Way to Summer: stories of love and longing

(RHNZ Vintage)
March 2020

A collection that celebrates a long history of my storytelling; it brings together a variety of my previously published stories, as well as several that are new or previously uncollected. They are stories about love, one way and another, not always happy but always life changing.

Winner: New Zealand Heritage Prize for Fiction 2020

These stories span close to a century, and we can trust entirely that Kidman’s portrayal of our country through the ages is spot on… Drama, laughter, sex and bad moments. This is the truth about love.  – Catherine Robertson, Landfall

…a thing of exquisite beauty—both the physical book (that Gretchen Albrecht image! That paper stock! That stitched case binding!) and of course the stories inside. – Caroline Barron Goodreads

Find out more about it here.

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