Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Reminder - Marilyn Duckworth OBE to deliver the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture
From New Zealand Society of Authors
year as part of New Zealand Book Month, the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture is
delivered by the New Zealand Society of Author’s current President of Honour.
It has been our delight to have Marilyn Duckworth OBE, (photo right by Marti Friedlander), in this role for
the 2011-2012 period and we are pleased to announce that she will be delivering
this important lecture at Te Papa, Wellington
on Thursday 1st March 2012.
lecture is intended to provide an overview of the “state of the nation” for
literature and writing in New Zealand,
such that the reading public may have a greater understanding of what it means
to be a writer in New Zealand.
Marilyn’s lecture is aptly entitled Learning to Swivel and will address
the changing face of New
Zealand literature, ‘reflecting on the very
different path and mode of travel for an aspiring novelist today’. “Once books
spoke for themselves. Writers found their own way, without being taught, and
without needing to be part of their own marketing machine” Marilyn comments,
drawn from “a personal hindsight, gazing across more than fifty years.”
Marilyn describes herself as a novelist and sometime poet. She was born in Auckland
and spent her childhood in England
but has lived mainly in Wellington.
Her first novel, A Gap in the Spectrum, was published when she was
twenty-three; her fifth, Disorderly Conduct (1984), won a New Zealand
Book Award. Her fifteenth novel Playing Friends was released in 2007.
She has held the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, a Fulbright
Fellowship in the USA and
also writing fellowships at Victoria and Auckland
universities. In 1996 Leather Wings was short listed for a Commonwealth
Writers’ Prize. In 2000 she startled herself by publishing her autobiography, Camping
On The Faultline.
Marilyn will be introduced by Labour Member of Parliament for Wellington
Central Grant Robertson.
lecture launches a month-long series of celebrations for New
Zealand authors, illustrators and books. It will
take place on Thursday 1st March 2012, at 6pm on the Marae, Te Papa, Wellington.
Admission is free.
is open to the public and will appeal to teachers, librarians and book-lovers
Thursday 1st March 2012, Marae, Te Papa, Wellington