Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Janet Frame Memorial Lecture 2016

 This year the annual Janet Frame Memorial Lecture was given by New Zealand Society of Authors President of Honour Philip Temple at the Wellington Festival in the City Gallery.
Here is a link to the text of Dr Temple's lecture.
I wasn't able to attend the Wellington event but happily Philip Temple recently reprised his talk for a Dunedin audience.
His subject was 'Where we were, where we are now' and it was very interesting to hear his experiences from a long and illustrious career. His talk covered many changes in the landscape of New Zealand writing. It was sobering to hear of the time when it was 'risible' to say your career was as a freelance writer.
Like Janet Frame, Philip Temple is one of the few New Zealand authors who have managed to live off their writing alone.

More information about Philip Temple's life and work can be found on his website.
He is currently writing the biography of novelist Maurice Shadbolt.

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