Archive for April, 2007

Auckland Writers' and Readers' Festival 24-27 May 2007

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The biannual Auckland Writers’ & Readers’ Festival will present an extensive program over four days in May this year. Tickets through Ticketek.

I will participate in the following two events:

The Art of Translation

Date: Saturday, 26 May 2007
Start time: 12:30pm
End time: 1:30pm
Location: Upper NZI Room, Level 3
Venue: Aotea Centre, THE EDGE(R)
Description: Pierre Furlan, Andre√Į Makine and Linda Olsson discuss their literary and geographical travels with Jean Anderson.

The Music of Words

Date: Sunday, 27 May 2007
Start time: 7:30pm
End time: 8:30pm
Location: ASB Theatre, Level 2
Venue: Aotea Centre, THE EDGE(R)
Description: In association with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra featuring: Raymond Hawthorne narrating Lilburn, Linda Olsson, Pico Iyer & Peter Scholes.

Bokdagarna in Dalsland, Sweden, 27-29 July 2007

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

The annual book festival in Dalsland will take place 27-29 July, 2007. The program is presently under development. Read more here (in Swedish)

Good Friday

Friday, April 6th, 2007


This very good Friday is slowly drawing into early eveningand the sun is about to set. Why is it called Good Friday in English? I vividly remember my Swedish Good Fridays as being called, very appropriately, Long Friday. To us children in the 50’s it was certainly the longest day of the year. Everything was closed, the radio transmitted only somber church music all day. My father rested. My mother was quietly unsettled, a little more than usual this quiet day. Nothing stirred. Usually, the weather was suited to the general feeling of despair: grey and cold and with a mean wind over half frozen dead lawns. A looming sense of slow death. As perhaps it should be.

But the day after we had our Easter eggs filled with sweets, and life began again.