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Auckland Writers and Readers Festival

11/05/2012

I went to the Gala Opening of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival last night. I had lots of short manic chats to people, including to Jolisa Gracewood and her husband, and returned home too wired to sleep deeply. In between dreams, the children climbed into bed with me. They always get worried when I go out at night, and have to make sure that I have returned home. I think they share the anxiety that James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree had about his mother. Of course his mother drove to the end of the town and never returned, so his fears were justified. I have never chaired a session, but I have recurring dreams about being late to performances, and having to play instruments to audiences when in fact I don’t know how to play them. I know that lots of people think that dreams are boring, but I am always fascinated by how familiar places distort, and home towns become foreign cities. I am exploring that a bit in my novel. Which I better get back to.

By the way, here is real Jeffrey Eugenides session, to be chaired by Kate di Goldi. And here is the Emily Perkins and Jeffrey Eugenides session, to be chaired by Jolisa Gracewood. I am hoping to attend them both, even if it means that I can’t go to the Oliver Jeffers session.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. racheljfenton permalink
    11/05/2012 10:11 pm

    When I was an art student I tried to paint my dreams – it’s really difficult because of all the weird ellipses…

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      12/05/2012 8:11 am

      Yes, and they are so very elusive too – you think you have them and they dissolve under scrutiny. Have you read Julie Doucet’s My Most Secret Desire? Her dream diary – it’s quite twisted!

      • racheljfenton permalink
        12/05/2012 8:20 am

        I haven’t read that – I will do though – I did keep a dream diary for about a year, it’s not coffee table material for sure!

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