'A Strange Beautiful Excitement, Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington, 1888–1903'
- Date: Wednesday, 14 March, 2018
12:10 to 1:00pm
Free — booking is not required
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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How does a city make a writer?
In 'A Strange Beautiful Excitement, Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington, 1888–1903’, Redmer Yska explored how the late Victorian capital left an indelible mark on her.
Moving between grubby Thorndon and the green valley of Karori, Yska, himself raised in Karori, retraced Mansfield’s old ways: the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood.
He tried, as he put it, to ‘catch a glimpse of her in the open air: striding through the gale, long hair flying’.
His research into Thorndon’s festering, deadly surroundings also led him to propose a new theory for the family’s 1893 move to Karori: a long-running epidemic of infectious disease that killed her baby sister.
At this talk, the author reflects on the book’s key conclusions.
About the author
Redmer Yska is a Wellington writer and historian and author of many works of New Zealand history, including a 2006 commissioned history of Wellington City: Wellington: Biography of a City.
Public History Talks
The Public History Talks are hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at the National Library of New Zealand.
They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month March to November. Please note that this talk is a change from the usual date.