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Novelist and biographer Sir James McNeish offers a non-academic approach to the theme of creative non-fiction. During the lecture he raises two cheers for eccentricity. (45′57″)
Intended to help improve understanding of what it means to be a writer in New Zealand, the Janet Frame Memorial Lectures deliver an overview of the state of the nation’s literature from the point of view of one of its most active authors.
The Society of Authors had previously nominated authors for a lecture given at The Listener Women’s Book Festival of which Janet Frame was the patron and the lecture was called the Fiona Kidman Vintage Lecture. However, when the festival ceased, so did the lecture.
In conjunction with NZ Book Month NZSA saw an opportunity to keep it going, and Dame Fiona Kidman made the suggestion that the lecture be given in Janet Frame’s name with the Janet Frame Literary Trust endorsement.
Previous Janet Frame Memorial Lecturers were Owen Marshall, Greg O’Brien, William Taylor and Joy Cowley.
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