Meet our May Author: Kirsty Powell
When: Tuesday 31 May, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Where: Online – click the Zoom link below.
Join us to meet the fantastic Kirsty Powell at an online shared reading event at the end of the month! Kirsty will read from her work and we will all have an opportunity to reflect and respond together as we go along.
Kirsty Powell grew up east of Eketahuna in an isolated rural community and loves to write strong New Zealand characters into her fiction. She has published short stories, poems and her debut novel The Strength of Eggshells. She is currently working on a sequel which revisits Kate, Ursula and their daughter Ariel 20 years hence.
Kirsty lives in rural South Auckland and spends her spare time helping to solve the erosion and marine plastic problems on the Awhitu West Coast. She also likes to get away to various parts of the world on a motorbike or a bicycle.
For her debut novel, The Strength of Eggshells, Kiwi writer Kirsty Powell interviewed the descendants of the families of the WW1 settlers in the Mangapurua Valley above the Bridge to Nowhere. She was inspired by their stories of community spirit and resilience in the face of the rawness of their lives.
The Strength of Eggshells
The Strength of Eggshells follows Kate, the third-generation descendent of one of those pioneering women, as she searches for answers in her past that can give her life meaning.
Kiwi author Tina Shaw, a member of the Academy of NZ Literature Te Whare Mātātuhi o Aotearoa, says: “The powerful tug of history, the search for identity, an unresolved present, dark ghosts in the past … This is a marvellous New Zealand novel.”
The Strength of Eggshells explores the lives of strong rural New Zealanders, set against the fragile isolation of a farm upbringing, two world wars and a landscape that is slipping beyond belief.