Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Listen to Ashleigh Young read Can You Tolerate This at RNZ National

Caught the first episode and it was fabulous.

Listen here

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Can You Tolerate This?

Personal Essays – written and read by Ashleigh Young

“It took about seven years between starting writing this essay collection and actually publishing it. In a funny way, it was my belief that my writing was small and unworthy that allowed me to start writing this book. I didn’t think anyone would ever read it, and that gave me courage to keep writing. But what allowed me to finish the book was a combination of time passing and a new confidence, maybe recklessness, maybe boldness, maybe a sudden idea that I did perhaps have something to say. The fact that it snowballed was and is still quite shocking, and my response to someone saying they have read it is still one of fierce embarrassment.”

Ashleigh Young

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