Marion lives in the stunning Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. She has published children’s books and two successful New Zealand biographies: Injun Joe and Blood Brothers.
Marion has been shortlisted in the Storylines Joy Cowley Text Awards. One of her short stories has been included in the ESA’s New Zealand textbook for secondary school students Another success was as winner of the National Rural Women’s/Ministry of Primary Industry’s short story and photographic competition, which saw her in Parliament to accept her award. Her diary entry Heightened Tones appears in Bird Words (Penguin Random House).
Her recent achievements include acceptance of her submission in the Timeless Wisdom Short Story Challenge to be published in five overseas countries and New Zealand. Just gone was her cameo role on Country Calendar with her children’s books, and more recently, she has been enrolled at the National Office of Rural Women New Zealand as a Branch Member of Honour for long and outstanding service to Rural Women New Zealand.
Marion’s inspiration often comes from the natural elements surrounding her, and it is that which led to Passion – Living, Feasting and Writing deep in the Marlborough Sounds being written. Presented in seven integral parts – From the Past, From the Land, the Sea, the Sky, the Mountains, the Garden and finally, the Heart – Passion is a union of ‘living, feasting and writing’.
Marion is a talented amateur photographer, and the majority of the photos are her own. The book presents beautiful land and seascapes, with their moods, along with images that portray her way of living, with family and community. Intermingled with the main narrative and photography are wonderful anecdotes, short stories and poems, and titbits captured in diary entries, along with a selection of scrumptious recipes – Marion’s favourites – using local natural ingredients.
Throughout, the back-to-nature concept involves a simpler, more relaxed life lacking normal everyday communication with the outside world. The book aims to share her story with all New Zealanders and visitors so they too can enjoy life in a small, isolated community. We hope it may become part of the area’s history and also showcase the broader culture of our country.
Banner Photo credit Joyce Elwood-Smith