Cheltenham Literature Festival features New Zealand

This year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival featured the theme ‘East versus West’. As various countries and their writers across the globe were covered, New Zealand also got its chance to shine with a couple of New Zealand writers – Kirsty Gunn and Sarah Laing sharing their thoughts on the short stories of New Zealand writer, Katherine Mansfield.

 Sarah Laing showcased her book, a graphic memoir entitled ‘Mansfield and Me’.

Mansfield’s stories maybe a little hard for the modern reader to digest but, a member of the famous Bloomsbury set of the early twentieth century she has been called one of the most significant of New Zealand’s writers. Literary giant,Virginia Woolf said of her – “I was jealous of her writing – the only writing I have ever been jealous of”.

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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