12:15 pmThe Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
55 Cable Street
Kate Camp: Menton, memoir and me When poet Kate Camp took up the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship in 2017, it was to write memoir, not poetry. Memoir writing raises interesting questions - of fact and fiction, ethics and ego, what one remembers, and what one chooses to reveal. In this lecture, Kate Camp examines a more difficult and profound question – who cares? Who could possibly give a damn about the details of someone else’s life? Drawing on her own work and that of other New Zealand writers, Camp’s lecture is an entertaining, insightful, and at times deeply personal exploration of the ‘point’ of writing memoir. Originally delivered September as the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture, initiated by Waikato University with the support of the Friends of Hamilton Library. Kate Camp is the author of six collections of poetry from Victoria University Press, the most recent is The internet of things. She held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer’s Residency in 2011 and was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato in 2002. Her memoir writing has appeared in journals including Landfall, Griffith Review and North and South. She is also the voice of Kate’s Klassics – reviews of classic literature with RNZ’s Kim Hill.