This festive season

Dancing on the beach, 1920, William James (public domain)

May is my birthday month (thus always a time of celebrations and joy to the  world, right?). But this May feels extra-festive, cause for much shimmying, shaking, and leg-kicking, on the beach and elsewhere. The Hope Fault acquired by Aardvark Bureau I’ve been quietly dancing on the ceiling (and everywhere else) about this for a while, so I’m delighted to … Read more…

Lucy Walding reviews The Hope Fault for Westerly

Lucy Walding reviewed The Hope Fault for Westerly (online). You can read the full review online at Westerly>From the Editor’s Desk. Westerly is the literary magazine published at the Westerly Centre (formerly the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature) at my alma mater (do Australians have an alma mater?), University of Western Australia, so I’m particularly thrilled that they’ve reviewed my novel. … Read more…

The most beautiful home movie ever made

Rachel Getting Married

I was sorry to hear, a fortnight ago, of the death of film director Jonathan Demme. The tweets and obits all namechecked the films he’s best known for: The Silence of the Lambs (1991, five Oscars), Philadelphia (1993, two Oscars), and (arguably the best concert film ever) Stop Making Sense (1984). But my thoughts turned first to … Read more…

Louise O’Brien reviews The Hope Fault on RNZ

Louise O’Brien reviewed The Hope Fault on RNZ Nine to Noon (26 April 2017), in the NZ Books review slot. The novel is beautifully restrained … I recommend it highly. It is smart writing, it’s thoughtful and nuanced. It’s respectful of the reader, it lets you fill in the gaps, and it lets you leave gaps unfilled … It feels very much … Read more…

‘Family Dynamics’ at Auckland Writers Festival, 21 May

The programme has been launched for Auckland Writers Festival 2017, which runs from 16 to 21 May. I’ll be there — this’ll be my fifth time attending AWF, my second time as a guest of the festival. I’m in one of the Four for Fifty Readings sessions — fifty-minute events in which four writers read from their recent work. Each session is themed; … Read more…

‘The Hope Fault: family and faultlines’ event at National Library, Wellington, 9 May

Hope Fault close-up 2015 South Island Geology map, Unfolding the map exhibition

I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe. — Robert Louis Stevenson I’m like RL Stevenson in that respect. I love a map. Maps, diagrams and geological bulletins (one bulletin in particular) caught my imagination and took over the reins while I was writing my novel The … Read more…