AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE: THE LIFE & WORK OF JANET FRAME
Saturday May 31st 10am - 11am
King's College London
With Margaret Drabble, Kerry Fox, Stephanie Johnson
Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts
Janet Frame was one of New Zealand’s most respected writers, admired around the world for her startlingly original insights into the human condition. Her insistence on living anonymously, combined with the powerful authenticity of her fiction led to biographical speculations that Frame consistently denounced.
In order to tell her side of the story, she published to much acclaim a three volume autobiography: it became a bestseller in New Zealand and cemented a strong readership internationally. Jane Campion’s film adaptation starring Kerry Fox paralleled this success by winning awards and attracting strong audiences. What followed for Frame was international recognition far beyond the literary world, and double the number of language translations.
But what were the myths, and how did they compare to the realities of Janet Frame’s life, and the work she produced? Our distinguished panel, all affected deeply by Frame’s work, will discuss Frame’s influence on them and her legacy today.