Thursday, October 23, 2008
Meet the People - 28
Another in the Series Meet the People – Ordinary and Extraordinary New Zealanders Doing Interesting Things – Christchurch’s Rosie Belton spent 25 years as a theatre director, producer and drama lecturer. She founded the Christchurch Drama Centre in 1981 and carved out a successful career adapting and producing theatrical shows in the city. All that changed four years ago when Rosie fell while dancing at a party. The head injury she sustained in the fall went on to create a major brain bleed. She’s spent the last four years recovering from surgery and adjusting to life with a brain injury. It’s been a hard road but Rosie’s indomitable spirit has seen her bounce back in extraordinary ways and she now considers herself a better person for it. “I’m quieter, more still, more content and more self-aware than I’ve ever been - and more aware of the privilege of being alive,” she says. “I’ve achieved a lot in my life but now I get immense joy from the simple things in life – like watching the leaves move in my garden. I see every day as an achievement.” But Rosie hasn’t been content back and do nothing. She’s just published her first book, "Just a Bang on the Head,” (Craig Potton Publishing), which is her compelling story of the rebuilding of her life. It’s selling well and now, having found something else she’s passionate about, she’s on to her second book – a luscious look into her passion for food and its links to memory and lifestyle. For others in this series, click on Meet the People in the label line below this post.