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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. It’s edited by Don George, who writes in his Introduction that ‘[these stories] all ultimately illuminate one common truth: However it manifests itself when we travel, innocence can be a life-changing catalyst for discovery, connection, and transformation on …

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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 des 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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A Winter Writing Programme in Wellington, 2014

Dame Fiona Kidman will conduct her writing course over six Saturdays from June to August 2014. There is special emphasis on life writing and memoir. With guest speakers: Harry Ricketts, poet and internationally acclaimed biographer of Rudyard Kipling (The Unforgiving Minute); Mary McCallum, poet, children’s writer, publisher and author of best-selling and award-winning novel The Blue; Julia Millen, historian, …

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Echoes of Women — a French tribute to Fiona Kidman

Echoes of Women is a photographic exhibition presenting 12 diptychs (80×40), with Dame Fiona Kidman’s handwritten texts on one side and black and white photos of New Zealand on the other side. The signed and limited edition of the prints can be purchased during the exhibitions. All profits will go directly to two beneficiaries: New Zealand …

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Recent books published by Telling Stories groups 2011–2015

Congratulations to those who have published works since attending the Telling Stories workshops.

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New books from the Telling Stories group 2012

Congratulations to Judi Altinkaya and Val Mills who have published memoirs earlier this year. They were members of the 2012 Telling Stories group.   Judi’s book  A Family Successfully Raised  traces the story of her pioneering forebears in Taranaki.From the Taranaki Daily News       Val’s West End the Best End, School memories of …

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Life writing and memoir class

The Life writing and Memoir Course for 2012 finished on Saturday, 1 September. Fourteen wonderful participants met at Wellington’s historic Thistle Inn every second Saturday over a 3 month period. Our guest speakers were Mary McCallum, Rachel McAlpine, Harry Ricketts, Craig Cliff and Stephen Minchin. The culmination of the course was a moving and eventful …

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France 2012

Fiona and Duong Thu Huong in Paris Metro

Publication in France The Trouble with Fire has been translated into French.  In France, its title is Gare au feu. My Paris publisher, Sabine Wespieser Éditeur, is based in a 16th century building in the heart of St Germain, I went to the launch in Paris.                   …

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Second edition of Where your left hand rests available

Poetry lives. My small but exquisitely produced book of poems Where your left hand rests has been reissued by Godwit, Random House.  I have had a steady stream of requests for  a second edition from readers and booksellers since the first run was snapped up in 2010.   The book was designed by Pieta Brenton …

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