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19 May - 11:02 pm NZ
The 2009 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture features the acclaimed author William Taylor, reflecting on a forty-year career of writing for children and young people. (13′54″)
The 2009 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture features the acclaimed author William Taylor, reflecting on a forty-year career of writing for children and young people. (14′05″)
The 2009 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture features the acclaimed author William Taylor, reflecting on a forty-year career of writing for children and young people. (15′52″)
William Taylor is one of New Zealand's most prolific and popular writers with a significant body of his work published internationally, often in translation. His humorous novel for 10-12 year olds, Agnes the Sheep, is now considered by the National Library of New Zealand as a 'classic' book for the young.
His more reflective young adult fiction has touched on issues seldom addressed in New Zealand writing for the young; for example, the widely acclaimed, and recently re-published, The Blue Lawn; also Jerome, and Pebble in a Pool. His most recent novel for young adults is Land of Milk & Honey. Taylor was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 for his services to children's literature.
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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