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I am going in for Serious Literature

11/09/2013

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I’ve been re-reading Katherine Mansfield stories as part of my research for my book, and this is from ‘Je ne parle pas Français’. The character, Raoul Duquette, is based on Francis Carco, a French writer of Serious Literature that Mansfield had an affair with during World War 1. I thought what he said was rather funny – Mansfield was an excellent satirist. I think I might have secretly hoped for the same thing when I first started out writing. True originality! But alas…

This weekend I’m going to be interviewed by Dylan Horrocks (!! yippee! does a little dance !!) at the Going West Festival in Titirangi. That will be at 10.15am on Sunday 15 September. You can download the programme here. Later on, I will be interviewing Debbie and Matt Cowens about their book Mansfield with Monsters. I just read in this interview that, as high school teachers, Matt and Debbie have translated Mansfield stories into cartoons. I’ll have to interrogate them about that – perhaps we can swap tips.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/09/2013 4:51 pm

    So funny! “I’m rich” – love it.

  2. 11/09/2013 7:07 pm

    Hi Sarah – brilliant as always! Could we have this for the next KMS newsletter in December? THanks so much!

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      11/09/2013 7:58 pm

      Absolutely – I’ll send you a bigger file.

      • 11/09/2013 8:04 pm

        Amazing! Thank you so much! We’ll email you the newsletter when it’s published. Gerri

  3. 11/09/2013 8:32 pm

    I must read this story! Sorry to miss you when you were in Wellington, I wish I’d known so I could come and hang around like a Smiths-era groupie. Next time!

  4. mary neilson permalink
    12/09/2013 11:47 am

    I love it, especially seeing KM through other eyes. I hope to be there on Sunday.

  5. peterp99 permalink
    12/09/2013 10:38 pm

    I also find that scene from the book funny in a way. You can’t always get something original nowadays.

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