Transit of Venus
By Rowan Metcalfe
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The story of the Bounty mutiny is well known. Fletcher Christian's mutineers set Captain William Bligh and others adrift in a ship's boat. Bligh sailed some 5000 kilometres to
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Transit of Venus
Huia Publishers
26 August 2013
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1.83 MB
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Author Biography

Rowan Metcalfe (1955 - 2003) is a direct descendant of Mauatua and Fletcher Christian and describes Transit of Venus as a 'meditation' on my ancestors. Rowan was born in Taupiri and was a writer from an early age. From 1975 to 1995 she lived in Europe and for 18 of those years lived in Norwich, England, where her son and daughter were born. In 1996 she returned to Aotearoa New Zealand where she worked as a journalist and continued research on Transit of Venus - a semi-fictional account of the lives of the Tahitian women who accompanied the Bounty mutineers to Pitcairn. Rowan was first published in 1974 in the New Zealand literary quarter Landfall. Her short stories and poems were published in various other literary journals and anthologies, and she shares with Owen Marshall the distinction of having twice won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. Her most recent published work of fiction 'North Sea' appears in the 2002 collection Essential New Zealand Short Stories edited by Owen Marshall who writes that Rowan 'created short fiction of special power and intensity. Rowan Metcalfe died before she was fifty, and we lost a considerable talent.'