Poet Bernadette Hall was one of three Cantabrians who flew the flag for Christchurch at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. She kindly gave us some of her time for a bit of a chat. This seven-minute interview covers:
- The ‘crucial and essential’ role of writer’s festivals in building a community of writers;
- The Hagley Writers’ Institute as a yeast in the mix of a healthy Christchurch poetry scene;
- How Hall is trying to change her poems and is writing short fiction.
I started the interview (which was just after a chat by Emily Perkins, Damien Wilkins and Fergus Barrowman, and before a late lunch) by asking what it was like to attend the festival as a writer.
With luck she will appear at the Christchurch Writers Festival in October.