The colour of distance : New Zealand writers in France, French writers in New Zealand / edited by Jenny Bornholdt and Gregory O'Brien. - Wellington, N.Z. : Victoria University Press, 2005. - 247 pages

This anthology includes memoirs, stories and poems written in France by some of New Zealand's greatest writers - among them Janet Frame, Allen Curnow, James K. Baxter and Michael King. During the same period, French writers have, in turn, visited New Zealand and their imaginative engagement with this place is also represented. Not only has the experience of New Zealanders living in France enriched this country's literature; French writers are having a comparable experience of New Zealand. The Colour of Distance samples the traffic in both directions. Herein lies the proof that traveling 18,000 kilometres can make you see more vividly both the place of origin and the adopted home. Contributors: Fleur Adcock, Peter Bland, Jenny Bornholdt, Charles Brasch, Nigel Cox, Allen Curnow, Geoff Cush, Blaise Cendrars, Catherine Chidgey, Stephanie de Montalk, Lauris Edmond, Riemke Ensing, Janet Frame, Pierre Furlan, Michael Gifkins, Michael Harlow, Dinah Hawken, Dylan Horrocks, Witi Ihimaera , Michael Jackson, Louis Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, Andrew Johnston, Lloyd Jones, M. K. Joseph, Charles Juliet, Michael King, Alan Knowles, Elizabeth Knox, Denis Lalanne, Mary Macpherson, Bill Manhire, Katherine Mansfield, Cilla McQueen, Vincent O'Sullivan, Frederick Page, Nadine Ribault, Elizabeth Smither, C. K. Stead, Ian Wedde, Damien Wilkins. Plus four full-colour paintings by Ralph Hotere and eight duotone photographs each by Bill Culbert, Peter Black and Alan Knowles. The Colour of Distance: New Zealand writers in France-French writers in New Zealand is published to celebrate sixty years of diplomatic relations between France and New Zealand, 1945-2005.

Drunken gunners, Wissant-sur-Mer, fragment of an autobiography / From Indirections / From A musician's journal / Avignon summer 1978 / At Serrieres / From Homage to Matisse / France for the weekend / From Paris / At St.-Romphaire, Georges, at Angey, Bonjour la France / Continents / The French translation / From The vintner's luck / From The book of fame / Ode to the little hotel / Coming home / Song : Alzon / Qui etes-vous vraiment Monsieur Meryon? / Christmas in New Zealand / From La Melee Fantastique / Breathless / Paekakariki / From Son of France / From The miserables / Visiting Janet Frame / From Au pays du long nuage blanc / Sanary / Villa Isola Bella / From Maata / Letter to Katherine Mansfield / Love affair / From Mansfield / From Letters and journals / Gare SNCF Garavan, a nice place on the Riviera / When I was a writer / A last note from Menton / From Living in the Maniototo / How nice, Paschal numbers / From Unquiet world / From The transformation / Dedication / Letter from Menton / Cote d'Azur / From The quick world, Easter Saturday in Menton, Turning point / Meeting Patrick White / All souls : Menton, Villa Isola Bella / From Daylight / From Wrestling with the angel: a life of Janet Frame / Villa Ephrussi / M. K. Joseph -- Charles Brasch -- Frederick Page -- Cilla McQueen -- James K. Baxter -- Ian Wedde -- Dinah Hawken -- C. K. Stead -- Andrew Johnston -- Mary Macpherson -- Elizabeth Smither -- Elizabeth Knox -- Lloyd Jones -- Jenny Bornholdt -- Dylan Horrocks -- Bill Manhire -- Vincent O'Sullivan -- Blaise Cendrars -- Denis Lalanne -- Nadine Ribault -- Pierre Furlan -- Geoff Cush -- Damien Wilkins -- Nadine Ribault -- Charles Juliet -- Katherine Mansfield -- Fleur Adcock -- Witi Ihimaera -- Charles Juliet -- Riemke Ensing -- C. K. Stead -- Katherine Mansfield -- Allen Curnow -- Nigel Cox -- Peter Bland -- Janet Frame -- Michael Harlow -- Stephanie de Montalk -- Catherine Chidgey -- Michael Gifkins -- Stephanie Johnson -- Louis Johnson -- Lauris Edmond -- Michael King -- Michael Jackson -- Elizabeth Knox -- Michael King -- Bill Manhire.


French literature--Translations into English.
New Zealand literature.

New Zealand--Literary collections.
France--Literary collections.