It's National Poetry Day in New Zealand, but I haven't a poem ready - in fact I've been too busy to blog at all this week. But there is news of one of New Zealand's most famous writers and poets, Katherine Mansfield, which I just have to share. A Ph.D student in London has found three new stories buried in the archives at Kings College, and one of them sheds quite a lot of light on the most mysterious period of her life - the birth of her illegitimate baby in Germany. All that was known for certain was that she became pregnant by a young musician, Garnet Trowell, that he wouldn't/couldn't marry her, that she married her music teacher and then left him on her wedding night and went to Germany where she had a baby that died. The Independent had a big news item on it today, so it's ok to talk about it now.
This is one of those, oh, I wish! moments. How I wish that these stories had come to light before I finished the biography. But that's just how it is. Other wonderful news is that the family of John Middleton Murry have lodged the remaining Katherine Mansfield manuscripts with the rest of the collection in the Turnbull Library in Wellington. Now everyone can look at the most comprehensive array of paperwork ever assembled relating to Katherine Mansfield and her life.
My Mansfield biography still isn't available in E-book form, so I'm thinking of bringing it out myself later this year, perhaps to coincide with the publication of the complete stories of KM. Why are publishers still so reticent about the E-book market?
Please check out the Tuesday Poem hub, for three wonderful poems from the shortlisted poets for the New Zealand Poetry Book Awards and take a look at the sidebar where contributors are posting other NZ poets for National Poetry Day. http://www.tuesdaypoem.blogspot.com