After Dark is the beguiling new book from Annette Lees (author of the acclaimed Swim). Lees takes us night walking into tales of ghosts, fireworks, stealth, bonfires, and night sports. We join the company of bats, owls, moths, singing crickets and seabirds and emerge again, better for the wilding qualities of the dark. In Towards Compostela: Walking the Camino de Santiago, Catharina van Bohemen takes us back to a pilgrimage that weaves memory, character study, philosophy and nature writing to create a book that chimes with transformation. Lees and van Bohemen talk about their moving books with Jessie Bray Sharpin.
Whakarongo mai ki a Annette Lees, māna tātou e ārahi I roto I āna pūrākau, āna pakiwaitara. He paki kēhua, he paki koni ahi, he paki hākinakina. Ka huia anō ngā manu ngā pepe ngā kihikihi, ngā manu ō tai. Inā ngā āhuatanga rerekē ka rangona ka kitea.
Annette Lees | Aotearoa / New Zealand
Annette Lees has been an outdoor and natural world enthusiast since childhood. With a Masters of Science degree in ecology and landscape conservation, she has had a career in conservation in New Zealand and the tropical Pacific and has worked and travelled in South America and Africa. Annette is now a strategy consultant for her business Alternative Endings. Her work supports communities, iwi and hapū, landowners, social enterprises and government find solutions to conservation and environmental challenges. Annette is the author of three books that explore our connection to nature: The Deep Sky Waits on the Outskirts of Town (Reed 1996); Swim: A year of swimming outdoors in New Zealand (2018) (longlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Prize of the Ockham Book Awards); and After Dark: Walking into the nights of Aotearoa (2021). She lives in the Waitakere River valley with her family.
Catharina van Bohemen | Aotearoa / New Zealand
Catharina van Bohemen is a teacher, writer and reviewer. She read Pride and Prejudice for the first time when she was fourteen and has been reading Jane Austen’s work ever since, publishing two essays about Austen as chapbooks: Letter to Susan and Sister. She has written a children’s story, a libretto for children’s opera The Tale of the Bird Catcher, and her essays have been published in the Annual. She is a regular contributor to ArtZone and has been included in various writing projects and anthologies. Brought up in Havelock North by a Dutch father and an English mother, she lives in Auckland. Towards Compostela is her first fully-fledged book.