Archive for February, 2009

Sometimes you don't recognize yourself…

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

This is just so wonderful, I am not sure I was even part of it:

The Ballet – a dream slowly realised

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Photo: Kathrin Simon, models Pamela Lamm/ Lisa Taylor

Just when I was ready to resign myself and give up this dream, magic intervened. Well, as is usually the case, behind the magic there was a hardworking, stubborn person: Vanessa Zigliani. And some very visionary people at The Edge. I am forever indebted to them for this opportunity. A dream come true.

Work on a ballet based on my first novel, Astrid & Veronika/Let me sing you gentle songs has been a long held dream, fuelled by my own and some other people’s unwavering enthusiasm in spite of financial obstacles. And here it is, finally under way! In the first stage the concept will now be developed during two workshops presented by The Edge here in Auckland, New Zealand.

Each workshop will provide all involved with an opportunity to come togethere for four intense days, showcasing the result in a public performance on the last day. The first workshop will take place 24-27 June, and the second 21-25 September, both in Auckland Town Hall.

I am very excited – and very, very grateful to the the group of people who have agreed to work together on this project:

the choreographer, Turid Revfeim and the composer Peter Scholes, Kilda Northcott who has agreed to dance the role of Astrid, Claire Scholes who will perform solo song and Pamela Lamm who has accepted to read the voice of Astrid.

Other participating artists will be confirmed shortly.

Vanessa Zigliani of Olsson & Zigliani Consultants will produce the workshops, supported by Sue Paterson and Stephen Blackburn.

Sonata for Miriam – the real sonata

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In connection with the release of Sonata for Miriam (Sonat till Miriam) in Sweden, Swedish composer Alexander Ekroth-Baginski was commissioned to compose the adagio from the sonata that the main character composes in the novel. The result is a profoundly moving, gentle piece of music, perfectly suited to the novel. The adagio has since been recorded and will be made available to the general public in due course.

Listen to a short excerpt by clicking here: adagio-sonata-for-miriam1

Sonata for Miriam in the world

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Sonata for Miriam has now been sold to fifteen publishers:

Penguin (U.S.) 2009; Penguin (New Zealand) 2008; Bonniers (Sweden) 2008; Penguin (Australia) 2008; Uitgeverij Archipel (Netherlands) 2008; Bertelsmann, Taschenbuch (Germany) 2009; Shanghai Wanyu Culture and Art Company, simplified language rights (China) 2010, Forlaget Aronsen (Denmark) 2010; Vigmostad & Bjorke (Norway) 2009; Corbaccio (Italy) 2010; Solo Press (Taiwan) 2010; Gummerus (Finland) 2010; Bertelsmann (Poland) 2010; Kinneret (Israel) 2010; Salamandra (Spain), 2010