ONE MINUTE CRYING TIME: BARBARA EWING
In the way of a godwit, writer and actor Barbara Ewing returns home annually. This year she brings with her One Minute Crying Time, a memoir covering her life in Wellington and Auckland up until 1962, when she left to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her subsequent career has included starring in the television series Brass, and writing six historical novels, the Orange Prize longlisted A Dangerous Vine among them. In One Minute Crying Time Ewing draws on her diary, kept since she was 12 to recount her struggles with anxiety, learning te reo Māori and encountering disapproval for her love affair with a Māori man. Ewing offers her slant on Aotearoa NZ as was, racism and love, memory and truth. With Fiona Samuel.