In the Temple

Catherine Bagnall and L. Jane Sayle

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A unique jewel of a poetry collection

Hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2021 collaboration On We Go, artist Catherine Bagnall and poet Jane Sayle return with another collection of watercolours and poems inspired by their contemplation of nature within the context of the feminine sublime. In the Temple maintains a focus on ecological thinking, exploring intense personal connections with the natural world that take the reader into the realms of private ritual and the power and meaning of special places.

In the Temple evokes a magical atmosphere, a mythological world of enchanted places with powerful and intangible connections to other living beings and to history. Inspiring a deep spiritual-ness, grief, joy and the wonder of being in the thick of it, it is a gem of a book to return to again and again.

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‘A breviary or book of the hours, to be referred to for inspiration and reflection. Both the thoughtful  poems and the wistful illustrations have much to offer’ — John Daly-Peoples, NZ Arts Review


  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, Natural history and environment, Poetry
  • ISBN: 9781991016645
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/10/2023
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Catherine Bagnall is an internationally recognised artist who teaches at the College of Creative Arts Toi Rauwharangi, Massey University.

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Jane Sayle grew up on the south coast of Wellington. She has been a dealer in curios and ephemera, an art writer and reviewer, a lecturer in the history of New Zealand visual culture and a traveller.