It’s UP! Yours truly in conversation w/ best-selling novelist Catherine Robertson
TL;DR….the new, PART TWO professionally-filmed interview from the Auckland Writers Festival is UP!
Here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqLUPYTLpI8.
If you’d rather just READ it….the transcript of the entire conversation (made lovingly by alex knight on team AFP) is also attached for you.
And THANK YOU for all your beautiful comments on the “good, enough” post.
I wish i had time to repsond to every comment, but know that I’m reading every comment.
I loved writing it and i lovehearing back from you knowing more about your inner lives. It keeps me going, sometimes. And the irony that posts like that bring in 50 new patrons while posts like these that costs thousands of dollar don’t, well….i’ve learned to get used to it. It’s all one big old radio station of art and love. nothing means anything more or less than anything else, the medium is the massage, and all that.
AND NOW….to the main event!
This is a BEAUTIFUL, wild, winding, passionate and intimate conversation between two unchained women.
One American musician stuck in a small country during a pandemic, and one Kiwi best-selling novelist asking all the right questions….and I think you’re gonna love it.
If you already loved the conversation between Lucy Lawless and me and Neil….you’ll absolutely fucking love this one. The show is much more intimate (about 350 people as opposed to 1,200), and I really let loose and throw down my feelings about a number of topics…especially art, patronage, what it all means, and how we have to be especially creative (and supportive of one another) in these post-covid times if we want to survive life.
Y’ALL ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, CREATIVES AND WRITERS especially….please watch this one for a jolt of inspiration. I left this talk all fired up and ready to take on the world wielding my art-sword. Hopefully it’ll give you a little hit. And to all you patrons – if you’re wondering WHY THE HELL you keep funding my art, or any other artists on patreon…this talk in particular will probably find you crying and patting yourselves on the back rather hard. It’s that kinda talk.
Watch…..watch, and share, please.
IF YOU MISSED PART ONE, my talk with Neil Gaiman and Lucy Lawless, it’s HERE:
An intro to my partner in crime….Catherine Robertson.
I first met Catherine when I was living in Hawke’s Bay. She was introdiced to me by our mutual friend, Judy Johnston, another Covid-waylaid American who I met through my TED speaker network. Catherine and I became very fast friends…she was – at the time – just about to move from Wellington to the Hawke’s Bay area, and we were both in the clouds of transitional life.
When the Writers Fest called me up and asked if I’d do a panel, she was my number one first pick for a conversational partner. I knew she’d be able to ask the right sorts of questions. To prepare, I spend a whole afternoon in her new house in Hawke’s Bay – after I’d moved to Waiheke – to talk about WHAT we should talk about.
God, I wish I’d recorded that two hour conversation. It was even juicier than the talk itself I never learn.
Here’s her basic bio:
Catherine Robertson’s novels are all #1 New Zealand bestsellers. She writes contemporary fiction for smart readers who like to be entertained and don’t mind occasional swears.
Catherine has lived in the US and the UK, and currently divides her time between New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington and sunny Hawke’s Bay. She has one husband, two grown sons, four Burmese cats and two rescue dogs.
She is a book reviewer and regular guest on Radio NZ. She’s on the board of arts organisation Verb Wellington, a member of the Academy of NZ Literature and Romance Writers of NZ, and she teaches creative writing in prisons. In 2020, she was Writer in Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.
Best of all, she’s co-owner of a bookshop – the beautiful Good Books, in Te Aro, Wellington.
Here’s a little screengrab of my accidental collision with Catherine at breakfast the morning after our talk…
Here are some screenshots from the talk:
Here are some beautiful photos taken by Paul Taylor.
I really am as tired as I fucking look.
I also haven’t had a haircut in over 6 months.
It’s starting to NEST,
And here are a couple of shots from Paul Taylor from the signing line after the show….
This live-art drawn during the talk was sent in by Tara Black (who also created a similarly beautiful piece based on the talk with Neil)…..
YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF ART, INDEED!!!!!!
To all my patrons, thank you, thank you, thank you for having my back, and for fudning this so that people all over the world can watch it for free.
Let us all take none of this for granted.
Interviewer: Catherine Robertson
Make-up: Stefan Knight
Still Photography: Paul Taylor
Produced & Edited by Sundae Pictures
Lead artwork graphic design by Cat White at Spellbound
Special thanks to Xan Hamilton for all the herd work backstage, and Hugh Sundae.
Thanks to all of Team AFP – Jordan, Michael, Hayley and Alex – for helping to put this one together!
Special thanks to the Auckland Writers Festival!!!!!
One last time for the folks in the back, the talk is here on youtube:
——THE NEVER-ENDING AS ALWAYS———
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