The Ice Shelf
The Ice Shelf: an eco-comedy
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 novel in the spirit of editing until there is nothing left to edit.
The Ice Shelf, a novel written as Acknowledgements, is an allegory for the dangers of wasting love and other non-renewable resources.
Cover illustration: Ant Sang
Anne Kennedy is a poet, novelist and screenplay editor who lives in Auckland. Her first book was 100 Traditional Smiles (VUP, 1988) and she has twice won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, for Sing-Song in 2004 and The Darling North in 2013. Her most recent novel, The Last Days of the National Costume, was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Anne was Victoria University of Wellington Writer in Residence in 2016.