On the eve of flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, thirty-something Janice, recently separated, has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city looking for a friend to take care of her fridge while she’s away. En route she discards section after section of her manuscript shaping it into a stronger, sleeker work of literature.
The Ice Shelf is an electrifying allegory for the dangers of wasting love and other non-renewable resources.
The Ice Shelf has been described as an eco-comedy with a satirical edge that seeks to deflate pomposity and pretention amongst the nation's 'literati'. The protagonist Janice is a writer currently… Audio
Janice is heading to the Antarctica Awards ceremony dragging her fridge with her. As she pauses outside parliament Janice recalls some grimmer aspects of her colourful childhood. This episode contains… Audio
Lesser souls would have given up but not Janice. She may have been rejected by her fellow writers, her ex-boyfriend, various publishers and drinking buddies, but all that rejection is merely fodder… Audio
Heroic polar treks are very much part of Antarctic lore, so it is perhaps fitting that Janice prepares for her trip to the 'great southern continent', by hauling her fridge, (single handed), from… Audio
Anne Kennedy is a poet, novelist and screenplay editor who lives in Auckland. Her first book was the poetry collection 100 Traditional Smiles (VUP, 1988). She has twice won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, for Sing-Song in 2004 and The Darling North in 2013. Her novel The Last Days of the National Costume (2013) was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Anne was Victoria University of Wellington Writer in Residence in 2016, and her latest novel is The Ice Shelf (2018).