Fiona Farrell, a special person And so much literary talent. I salute her.
To put it more formally she is of course is an award-winning novelist, playwright and poet. In 1995 she was the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton and in 2006 she held the Rathcoola Residency in Ireland, where she wrote The Pop-Up Book of Invasions (Auckland University Press, 2007), shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Fiona Farrell received the
The publishers, Auckland University Press, have kindly allowed me to reproduce some text and two poems from the book:
I was writing a book about walking. A travel book, meandering, following the random habit of thought associated with a walk through a landscape. It would ramble. It would detour to examine curiosities. It would link walking with books read along the way or the things learned in conversation with strangers. I didn’t have a shape for what I was doing. Normally I write to a more regular structure, but this time I was heading offroad, following my nose, seeing where it would take me. Then an earthquake shook me from bed and ripped up the map entirely. The quake sent a jagged tear right through my text. My mind was shaken.
This is a very special book which I warmly recommend to you. Lyricism of the highest order. And such a blend of emotion and intellect, she doesn't settle for the merely sentimental.
Auckland University Press - $34.99. Publication Friday 14 October.