Here I had a chat with Kirsten McDougall. She is a writer, publicist and literary manager. We discuss her various roles and talk about her two books, The Invisible Rider and Tess. The Invisible Rider is a 2012 release, a novel told in connected short stories. Tess was released this year (click there for my review). I love these books and though Kirsten and I had met before this was our first time sitting down to a serious, focussed conversation around her work and how she arrived to it. She mentions early on that her partner is David Long. (He’s a composer and musician – and if you click on that link you’ll hear an earlier podcast chat that I had with him).
We talk about her role at VUP – her aims and ambitions as a writer, her process.
And we talk about books – favourites, influences, inspiration. We talk too about podcasts worth listening to – and give a plug to LitCrawl – which is happening this weekend in Wellington. You may remember I spoke to Claire and Andrew the creators/directors of Wellington’s LitCrawl. Kirsten is involved in a couple of talks as part of LitCrawl.
I’ll be MCing a panel discussion around Bob Dylan’s literary worth and might.
It was nice to sit and chat with Kirsten about her writing and writing in general – particularly her discussion around the need to have a full-time job, and not just for financial reasons. I found her reasoning there to be compelling. And so I hope you enjoy hearing this conversation.
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