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Author Talk: Anne Kennedy with Kiran Dass

Following on from our February Lit Reads Book Club, we are extremely pleased to welcome Anne Kennedy to join us to talk about her book, The Ice Shelf.

Anne Kennedy is an inventive poet and fiction writer. She has also developed scripts and worked as an editor. In her first two collections of poetry, the poems appear in sequence, and focus on female protagonists. While her first book explores domesticity and motherhood, the second is focused on a family of giants, particularly a young woman giant. Her poems and short stories have been included in anthologies and journals, and she has received several key awards. Her collection, The Darling North, won the poetry category at the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards.


The Ice Shelf is a sharp, comic novel following Janice- a recently separated writer- as she tries finding a home for her new fridge while editing her manuscript. A punchy, witty and self-aware novel that tackles love, the environment and the art of acknowledgements.


Anne will be interviewed by our wonderful book buyer Kiran Dass! One of New Zealand’s leading literary critics, Kiran is a reviewer and journalist who has written about books and music for the NZ Herald, NZ Listener, Sunday magazine, Sunday Star-Times, Metro, Landfall, NZ Books, Dominion Post, The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch and The Wire (UK). Kiran has a monthly book review slot on RNZ’s Nine to Noon and a fortnightly book review slot on Auckland’s 95bFM Breakfast show.

Please email any questions you might have to with the subject ‘Anne Kennedy Q&A’.

All are welcome!