October 2016: What is a book anyway?

I’ve just had the launch of Keel & Drift, a new collection of poetry. Grace, who is four, (who features in one of the poems) was asking her mother if I actually made this book. Then she said, “Did she cut out all the poems and stick them into a book with glue stick?” That’s the best way to make a book! Anyway, we’ve launched this glue stick collection, which I hope will be a collection for people who love poetry and those who don’t.

October was also a month for speaking about Migrant Journeys, both at the Kapiti Literary Festival, and with Liz Grant at the national oral history conference in Christchurch. Each time, it’s a chance to revisit these powerful stories, which I think can shift our heads a little, make us see things just a little differently.

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