INTO VIEW: JAN KEMP
Paula Green’s Ockham NZ Book Awards shortlisted Wild Honey celebrates and makes connections between 201 of NZ’s female poets across 150 years, from emerging poets and those who are household names, to those who have slipped from public view. One of the latter is the remarkable poet and prose writer Jan Kemp who has lived in Germany for many years. In 1979 she toured the country with Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Sam Hunt, and Hone Tuwhare and she is the driving force behind the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive, recordings that remind us “we are not always a silent people”. Still writing prodigiously, her latest books include story collection Spirals of Breath with the novellas The Cook, the ‘Consul’ & the Crazyman and Ginkgo, new collection Black Ice & The Love Planet, and Trip Stones, a small handprinted selection of poems. Green and Kemp discuss connectedness and craft.