Christmas Eve: the kids are chomping at the bit to open their presents early. Go on then. . . just one.
Last night I finished reading Rohan Fleur Beale's I am not Esther. This is my second reading of the novel. It's a creepy story about a girl who is abandoned by her mother and sent to live with a fanatical religious group near Wanganui. This time I felt the weirdness of the story a little more. How powerless Ester becomes; how only her will and tenacity can help her survive a world of crazy adults who are so sure that they all know best.
The phenomenally productive Jack Ross has created a blog for the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive. This is a Bibliographical Aid for the Use of Those Consulting the Waiata Archive (1974) and the AoNZPSA (2002-2004) - Audio Recordings available in Special Collections, University of Auckland Library and in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Unfortunately the sound archives are not online but who knows…perhaps one day. Even so, there's a nifty brief biography on each of the poets. Imagine if these files were available online--that would be great.
I'm off to
Image: NZ Book Council.