Before I Forget by Jacqueline Fahey
10:45am Monday 25 to Friday 29 May 2015
Before I Forget is the second volume of memoirs by well-known painter, feminist and writer Jacqueline Fahey.
Before I Forget kicks off after her marriage to the celebrated psychiatrist Fraser McDonald and recounts Fahey's battles against conventional society to shape a life as an artist and writer as well as a wife and mother.
She describes life in New Zealand mental hospitals and art schools; friendships with Rita Angus and other NZ artists of the period.
There’s also an account of the art scene in New York in 1980. Hilarious, opinionated, fiery, the book is held together by Fahey's inimitable voice as a fiercely original and non-conformist storyteller.
Read by Denise O'Connell
Produced by Duncan Smith and Jason Te Kare and engineered by Phil Benge.
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
10:45 Jacqueline recalls her friendship with Rita Angus and an exhibition they organised in Wellington in 1964.
10:45 Jacqueline and Fraser move to Auckland where he takes on the position of superintendent at Kingseat Hospital and she becomes involved with helping some of the patients.
10:45 In 1980 a grant from the QE II Arts Council sees Jacqueline in New York where, inspired by Dylan Thomas, she stays at The Chelsea.
10:45 While in New York Jacqueline is confronted with the entrenched notion that oil painting is a male pursuit and returns home with a new sense of purpose.
10:45 Fraser has his first coronary and Jacqueline becomes a tutor at Elam Art School.
Jacqueline Fahey - artist and writer
Kathryn Ryan talks to Jacqueline Fahey's about her memoir, Before I Forget, which delves into her life after her marriage to psychiatrist Fraser McDonald and becoming an artist and name in her own right.
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