Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD

On Wednesday, 13th of December my beloved book, For God Sake Saddle Me  A Donkey, launched in written form at the Millwood Gallery, Thorndon and is available at leading book stores, such as Marsden Books and Unity in Wellington and Wheelers in Auckland or from me, send me an email please.

Thinking of our traveling partners: the Bicklers, Colin and Shirley and their daughter Rachel, and Vernon Wright, my first husband who could not be here. There is a picture of Nikki and Rachel in the book, Nikki was one and a half when we left New Zealand she came to the launch to help and sing the song. Continue reading Launched as a book at last – FGSSMAD

Who was the Sheila I knew

Having a dear and companionable friend is what makes life worth living don’t you think? And that’s what Sheila was.

She was a most delightfully unusual person

deeply soaked in that tough Stewart Island background she’d come from. Whalers and sealers who had married into Maori families. People with names like Jacka Lee, Yankee Smith Black Swan, Manuel Gomez and Ned the Nailer.

Both she and Gilbert would say of themselves.” We are Foveaux Strait. A very mixed crew. Down here we think of people by name not by whether they’re Maori or Pakeha.”

I’ve known Sheila since the 1990s when in desperation I asked her to introduce me to Stewart Island families whom she thought I should interview for my radio series Dinkum Purlers. People whose blood was worth bottling.

Continue reading Who was the Sheila I knew

FGSSMAD Part 2 – The Overland Route

For God’s Sake Saddle Me A Donkey

Dinah Priestley tells how, in 1962, two New Zealand couples, each with a small child, decide to convert an ex-army truck into a travelling home, and drive it to England.

Listen to 27 Dec 2016 Part 2- The Overland Route

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FGSSMAD Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

For God’s Sake Saddle Me A Donkey

Listen to the audio here on Radio New Zealand: Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

Glad so many of you liked For God’s Sake Saddle me a Donkey. I’m currently working on the book illustrated with my cartoons. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

This episode  recalls how our small group of travelling New Zealanders came to stay with the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

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Alfred (Bunty) Preece

Last surviving commissioned officer of the Māori battalion has died.

He was a Dinkum Purler and in a Radio series of that name he speaks of his years growing up in the Chatham Islands, of his early Moriori ancestors and his time with Colonel Awatere at Casino during WWII and the horrors of that war.

I interviewed him just before the Millennium, and he was the most wonderful man, modest, unassuming, with a great sense of humour.

You can listen to the interview here:

 

Available as a book! Buy on the Website! For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey

For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey is finally available as a book with Dinah’s wonderful illustrations!

It costs 25NZD and 3NZD packaging and posting.

Free delivery in Thorndon, please contact Dinah on the phone (04-4727 257) or e-mail

Alternatively, you can buy the book on PayPal if you live in New Zealand.

 

 

Librarian, Bee Trudgeon’s view of Cassidy Abbot’s Book

This is a lovely review by Porirua librarian Bee Trudgeon:

Dinah Priestley and Cassidy Abbot with The Wicked Plum Tree

The newest published author out of Whitby is a teenager named Cassidy Abbot who is no stranger to Porirua Library. He has engaged in writing and story time initiatives with the library since he was little, and can now find his name on the library’s catalogue alongside his grandmother’s, author/artist/actor/historian Dinah Priestley, thanks to a picture book they have created together. The Wicked Plum Tree is dedicated (in part) to ‘those who love trees’, and tells the story of a naughty one. Although the book is threaded through with fantasy, it is partially based on fact.

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