In this episode we’ll be hearing from the multi-talented Hinemoana Baker. Hinemoana hails from New Zealand, she is a writer and musician of Māori and Pākehā heritage; here, she presents her reflections on the life of another New Zealand writer — Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield was a very influential modernist writer, who left New Zealand for Europe at the age of 19, and hung out with Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, and the Bloomsbury Group gang, including her “wife,” writer Ida Baker. Mansfield is called by some the Godmother of the Short Story in the English language, and she wrote a great many in her tragically short life.
DLS co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins producer/host Susan Stone to introduce an episode full of personal reflections, music, and poetry.
You can download the transcript, created by Annie Musgrove, here.
Katherine Mansfield’s gravestone reads:
BUT I TELL YOU, MY LORD FOOL,
OUT OF THIS NETTLE DANGER
WE PLUCK THIS FLOWER,
You can read many of her short stories at the website of the Katherine Mansfield Society. Hinemoana recommends “Bliss” and Susan Stone recommends both “How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped” and “A Dill Pickle”.
Learn more about the Mansfield album, setting twelve of her poems to music.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.