International Katherine Mansfield 100 Festival
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17-19 November 2023
(9am-5pm NZ Time)
DR GERRI KIMBER is Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Northampton. She is co-editor of Katherine Mansfield Studies, the peer-reviewed annual yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Press. She is the author of Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years (2016), Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story (2015), and Katherine Mansfield: The View from France (2008). She is the Series Editor of the 4-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2012–16). Together with Claire Davison, she is currently editing a new 4-volume edition of Katherine Mansfield’s complete letters for EUP. Gerri is co-editor of a further thirty books on Mansfield, and has contributed chapters to many other volumes, in addition to numerous journal articles and reviews, notably for the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She was President of the Katherine Mansfield Society for ten years (2010–2020). Gerri was the Alexander Turnbull Library Research Fellow at the National Library of New Zealand in 2015, and in 2014, was runner-up for the title of UK New Zealander of the Year, for her services to New Zealand culture.
SHERRY GRANT, a Taiwan-born New Zealand concert pianist, cellist and poet, is the artistic director of International Katherine Mansfield 100 Festival. She is author of Bat Girl and editor of Haiku Zoo Journal and Raining Rengay. Sherry is well published as a haiku, cherita and rengay poet. Through the KM100NZ festival she wishes for the world to see New Zealand in a new light while celebrating one of the most important writer New Zealand has ever produced. Sherry is also writing a book of 100 poems dedicated to Katherine Mansfield. Apart from this festival, Sherry will be performing a concert tour in Asia in June 2023 to promote New Zealand music and landscape. In 2022 Sherry was artistic director of the International Scriabin 150 Festival.
MARTIN GRIFFITHS is a cello teacher and examiner for the New Zealand Music Education Board and principal cellist of Opus Orchestra (NZ), as well as guest member of NZ Barok and founding member of Vox Baroque Ensemble. He has performed with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Bay of Plenty Sinfonia and the Handel Consort. In 2011 Martin presented “Arnold Trowell: colonial cellist and composer” at the Adam International Festival and Competition in Christchurch. His presentations of “Katherine Mansfield, Cellist” include the 2019 Katherine Mansfield conference in Krakow, Poland and the “Mansfield & Music” exhibition at the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, Wellington, 2022. Martin has published in Katherine Mansfield Studies (Vols 12, 13, 14 & 15), Turnbull Library Record (2022), and Tinakori (2019).
JANKA KASCAKOVA is Associate Professor in English at the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia and Palacký University Olomouc, the Czech Republic and the Vice-President of the Katherine Mansfield Society. Her research centres on 19th century novel, modernism and the modernist short story, especially the works of Katherine Mansfield, and fantasy literature. She is co-editor of several volumes; most recently, with Gerri Kimber and Władysław Witalisz, she co-edited Katherine Mansfield: International Approaches (2022). She is the translator of Katherine Mansfield’s short stories into Slovak (2013) and the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and a full monograph on Katherine Mansfield (2015).