“Make it a rule of life never to regret
and never to look back.
Regret is an appalling waste of energy;
you can’t build on it;
it’s only good for wallowing in.”
― Katherine Mansfield, NZ short story writer
Excitement in the Wellington City Libraries – Katherine Mansfield’s first published story discovered at our library. Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in the archives by a local author researching the famous writer.
The short story, His Little Friend by the 11-year-old Kathleen M Beauchamp (her given name) was published on the children’s graphic page of the New Zealand Graphic on 13 October 1900. Up until now, it was believed that her first formally published work wasn’t printed until 1907, so this has got both local and international experts excited.
On a personal note, Katherine Mansfield is close to my heart. My late love, the Architect, was on the Board of the Wellington Sculpture Trust. One of the sculptures they commissioned was Woman of Words by Virginia King. It was during an interview with the Board members that I reconnected with my late love.
The sculpture stands in Midland Park along the main commercial thoroughfare in Wellington City.
We are told by the Trust “Women of Words celebrates the life and work of Katherine Mansfield. The stainless steel figurative work is entirely laser cut with quotations from Mansfield’s journals and short stories. During the day the sculpture reflects the colour, movement and ambience of the surrounding area.
At night, illuminated from within, the work becomes a lantern of silhouetted words.”
The hair on the sculpture is made up of Mansfield’s shopping list. Each of the Board members received a “hair”. I have Tomatoes that was the Architect’s “hair”.
And with those memories now brought up again I think how lucky I am to have them.
Note: I have changed the date of the publishing of His Little Friend.
Originally I had mistakenly put 1990 – it should be 1900.
Mansfield. died in 1923