Last year I blogged about the Rural Women’sspeech writing award I presented in memory of my Mother Pat Rowley. The award is The Rowley Brooch and you can read about the award here. Jenny Malcolm from North Otago won the Rowley Brooch in 2016 and to my delight went on to win the National Awards in Wellington.
Myself with Jenny Malcolm on the left
Jenny has kindly allowed me to reproduce her speech here. all contestants were given the same topic from the annals of history.
Captain Lawrence Edward Grace“Titus” Oates ( 1880 – 1912)was an English army officer, and later an Antarcticexplorer, who died during the Terra Nova Expedition. . Oates, afflicted with gangrene and frostbite, walked from his tent into a blizzard. His death is seen as an act of self-sacrificewhen, aware that his ill-health was compromising his three companions chances of survival, he chose certain death. As he left his tent he said “I might be gone for some time”.
Topic “I may be gone for some time….” Time 3-5 minutes.
Here is Jenny Malcolm’s words and interpretation of the topic; and I can assure you her delivery was exceptional.
I blogged about the Rowley Brooch in March. This is a follow up.
After publishing my blog I was invited to Alexandra by the Rural Women Committee to present the Rowley Brooch at the Otago – Southland regional conference. I thought how crazy to fly to Queenstown collect a rental car and then subject myself to having to speak in front of people renowned for their speaking abilities. I need my head read!! Anyway I decided to do this in memory of my Mother.
I arrived on a very wet and cold Autumn afternoon thinking again “I must be mad flying to Alexandra for this 30 minute stint”. Continue reading →
Exhibiting during the Auckland Festival of Photography – is it madness or pure pleasure? Well it is all of that and more. Exhibiting is a roller coaster of emotions… I often wondered why I had agreed to say yes! But I am delighted I did.
The Winter GardensQueen Street Auckland
Initially 6-8 months out from the exhibition date I made the decision to have an exhibition it seemed easy enough back then. I also wanted a solo show, my first. So I had months to think about it and so with a flippant yes I was committed. Continue reading →
Many photographers never reach their potential or receive the recognition they deserve, or think they deserve. What makes a good photographer? or a good photograph? Simple question, well no it is a very complex question. Do you mean a recognised photographer or a good photographer? Do you mean a financially successful photographer or a good photographer? Do you mean a photo you’d hang on your wall or a headline image from the newspaper?
Image from Exhibitions Gallery – Newmarket – looking upwards to the Phillips Fox building in Queen Street, Auckland.