Yesterday I did a really lovely interview with Kate Hursthouse of the Creative Mother podcast (have a look here – my episode will be up later but there is plenty to keep you happy there already The Creative Mother podcast) and Kate mentioned she was reading my book, “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter” – and then went on to remind me what was in it because it is 7 years since I wrote it and I needed a nudge.
It also reminded me that, while the book isn’t it stores anymore, it is in libraries all over New Zealand and every time someone checks it out, I get a little bit of money. It is this wonderful thing we do here – it’s called the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors scheme – which is a pot of money shared amongst writers according to how often their books are checked out of libraries. We get a bank deposit each December and somehow it is always a surprise, and it always arrives at just the right time. (I mean, there isn’t a wrong time to get free money, but Christmas is good.)
So this is a little note that a thing you can do to support writers in Aotearoa is to borrow their books at the library. Read them, too, obviously. But just checking them out helps us, too.