If I began asking you questions about Wellington ways there would be no end to it … Katherine Mansfield
I came home to Wellington, to a place half remembered, half real, half fantasy, half fact, remembered and a dream … Kirsty Gunn
In this exquisitely written ‘notebook’, Kirsty Gunn explores the meaning of home. Returning to the city of her birth after an absence of thirty years, Gunn’s exploration quickly takes on new forms, developing into a ‘Katherine Mansfield Project’.
Zig-zagging across Thorndon streets, Wellington hills and New Zealand childhoods, Gunn’s project charts a terrain of emotional attachment and the source of potent imaginative forces. A wonderfully connective work from the winner of the 2013 New Zealand Post Book of the Year.
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BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.
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One: My Katherine Mansfield Project - An Introduction, Context and Thoughts about Home
Two: The Voyage - Setting Out, Rough Seas and a Story, Essay and a Letter from Thorndon
Three: The Doll’s House - Settling In, Arranging Papers, Writing and Reading and Creating Fiction
Four: Sun and Moon - Light and Dark, Winter and Summer and Living in Two Places at Once