Kate De Goldi is due to discuss the work of writer Rosemary Sutcliff, best known for her historical novels such as The Eagle of the Ninth series, on Saturday morning at 11.45am NZ Time (10.45pm in UK) radio on 5th February. Wellington (NZ) author, publisher and broadcaster Kate De Goldi is the 2011 winner of the New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award.
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De Goldi, Kate, pseudonym of Kathleen De Goldi (1959 -), has won both the American Express and Katherine Mansfield Memorial awards for short stories, as well as writing young adult fiction and journalism pieces.
Her impressive first collection, like you, really (1994), comprises eleven linked but non-sequential narratives of a Catholic Christchurch family, especially its women, between the 1950s and the present, with glimpses further back. Each story fluctuates in time through the seemingly random movements of memory, so that characters become known almost simultaneously at different ages from childhood on, and events (like a family picnic) and people (like an eccentric teacher-nun) are retold and revisited, with some surprisingly dramatic moments of revelation and understanding, given the apparently domestic scale. Family history is satisfyingly compiled from these fragments against a background of local events and changes — fashions in clothes, children’s games, cars, films and conversational idiom, developments in road surfaces and suburbs, topical news stories and changing retrospects on the past, especially the war. Landfall reviewer Anna Smith noticed, too, that beneath this surface detail, the collection ‘insists on another kind of language sadness, anxiety, a longing for love and happiness’. The sense of identity through kinship implied in the title is the unifying concern.
Flannery’s stories have been published in Sport, the NZ Listener, More and Tessa Duder‘s collectionFalling in Love (1995); an autobiographical sketch was in Lloyd Jones‘s sports writing collection, Into the Field of Play (1992). As Kate De Goldi she has published Sanctuary (1996), a young adult story of teenage perplexities and crises, described by Ronda Cooper as ‘an authentic modern fable somewhere between a cautionary tale and a “how to” guide for pouty girls.’ It won the overall Children’s Book Award in 1997. A second novel on adolescence, Love, Charlie Mike, was published 1997. Born in Christchurch and resident there until her move to Wellington in 1997, Flannery is now a full-time writer.
Source: The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature; and more here