Story: Poetry

Ursula Bethell in her garden, about 1940 (2nd of 2)

Ursula Bethell in her garden, about 1940

In 1924 Ursula Bethell established a home with Effie Pollen at Rise Cottage, on the Cashmere Hills above Christchurch, with a view over the plains to the Southern Alps. There she made a garden from the clay hillside, and much of her poetry was based on this experience. Her first collection of poems, which appeared in 1929, was entitled From a garden in the antipodes. Here Ursula Bethell is shown in her Rise Cottage garden with her cat.

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John Newton, 'Poetry - The early 20th century: isolated achievements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43065/ursula-bethell-in-her-garden-about-1940 (accessed 23 February 2020)

Story by John Newton, published 22 Oct 2014