18 Dec 2022

Frances Edmond and her mother, poet Lauris

From Standing Room Only, 2:44 pm on 18 December 2022

Even a three-volume autobiography doesn't come close to telling the full story of poet Lauris Edmond OBE.

So her daughter and literary executor, Frances Edmond, is filling in the gaps in a biography called Always Going Home.

This includes assessing in depth the death of another of Lauris's daughters, Rachel, left emotionally damaged by a childhood assault, and its impact on the whanau.

Lauris didn't publish her first poetry collection until she was 51.  Ten more followed, plus the autobiography, a novel, dramas written for radio and theatre and her work as an editor.

She was 75 when she died in 2000. 

Frances published Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond with co-editor Sue Fitchett in 2017 - but, as she tells Lynn Freeman, Always Going Home is very much the personal story of a mother and daughter, both writers with strong personalities.

Frances Edmond's Always Going Home is published by Otago University Press.