International Katherine Mansfield 100 Festival
* Online *
17-19 November 2023
(9am-5pm NZ Time)
ABOUT THE 2023 FESTIVAL
Welcome to the International Katherine Mansfield 100 Festival website. I am your host, festival artistic director Sherry Grant from New Zealand, bringing this festival to you from New Zealand, the birth country of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923).
Kathleen Mansfield Murry (née Beauchamp; 14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was a New Zealand writer, essayist and journalist, widely considered one of the most influential and important authors of the modernist movement. Her works are celebrated across the world, and have been published in 25 languages.
Mansfield was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand before leaving for Europe at the age of 19 and settling in England. She became a friend of D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. At age 34, Mansfield died in France of tuberculosis, after suffering for nearly 7 years.
Mansfield was a passionate writer of novels, short stories and poetry. She originally trained as a cellist in New Zealand and England but while back in New Zealand in 1906, Mansfield decided to become a writer. She rebelled against her family and New Zealand but after the death of her only brother Leslie Beauchamp in 1915, she started writing about her childhood in New Zealand again.
In the year of 2023 we celebrate the brilliance of Katherine Mansfield after 100 years since her death. It is our goal during this festival to explore Mansfield's New Zealand connection, as well as her influence on the world of literature and arts. We will celebrate this in many ways.
Over the three days of this festival, musicians, artists, writers, philosophers, and scholars will gather from around the world to give presentation, recitals, and panel discussions. The event will be online, presented as a mixture of pre-recorded videos and live panel discussions over Zoom. Apart from our special guests, highlight of the festival is first time international screening of "Bliss" film (2011). To register as a presenter or participant, or if you have books, CDs, live events to celebrate Katherine Mansfield, please fill out the forms on the relevant pages you can find from the KM100NZ festival homepage.
Please note that all times on the programme will be in New Zealand time (Wellington) -- convert to your own time zones to avoid disappointment. The festival programme will be published in October 2023. The call for papers as well as call for artworks, poetry, or any other media inspired by Katherine Mansfield will be open 1st April - 31st August 2023. There will be an online art exhibition and showcase of poetry at the festival.
If you have any question please email km100nz(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.
Registration is essential for attendees. Please refer to registration page. Also join our mailing list there.
The KM100NZ Poetry Competition is now open for submission (to km100nz(@)gmail(.)com by 31 August 2023, please check the submission guidelines first) with 3 categories, japanese short form poetry (including linked forms up to 16 lines), longer poetry (under 50 lines), and short stories (up to 2000 words). Judges to be announced.
Announcement to be made by end of May 2023 when the festival dates and times are confirmed! Please head off to the (moderated) Forum page (open from August 2022 on Facebook) to leave your comments, as we would love hearing from you!
Your generous donation and sponsorship are most welcome, for details please head to Stores page (coming in May 2023). We aim to connect KM experts and enthusiasts. Look forward to meeting you online for this exciting event!