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Love rocks

​ Swanning. No other word for it. Ten days in Hawaii – sun, sand, surf, Maui mountain rain and volcanic rock in all permutations. I’ve always loved the way rocks record the history of a place, of the world; how they both dwarf and shape human existence. Solidified lava might not be the most beautiful form, but the wave-sculpted olivine pools, reached via a scramble down a cliff of copper-flecked pyroclastic rock, provide a stunning stop on west Maui’s precipitous coastline. Unlike the experience of driving the coast road, the pace of life here is laid-back. Even the road sign graffiti is mellow: No (cold) Shoulder. Falling (in love) Rocks. I’m here to catch up with a friend and to clear my h

Released to the wild

Late July heralded Evie's official arrival into the world (though she'd been with me far longer!). The launch, held in the beautiful Hastings City Art Gallery, was a celebration of all it takes to bring a book to fruition. My launcher, Kathryn Carmody, Director of the NZ Festival's Book Week, did the honours and there was all the fun of mingling, speaking, signing and selling. A big thanks to Gallery staff, Raymond van Rijk of BBQ Gourmet, Kathryn Carmody, Penguin Random House, and the many friends, family, readers and fans who came along up to celebrate Evie's release. This book also owes a huge debt to Belgian arts organisation Passa Porta International House of Literature, who provided me

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