Saturday, August 28, 2021

Siobhan Harvey receives 2021 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award

Saturday 28 August 2021
2021 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry goes to Siobhan Harvey

Gift for Auckland Poet on Janet Frame’s Birthday 

The Janet Frame Literary Trust is delighted to announce the recipient

of the 2021 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry.  Auckland

poet Siobhan Harvey will receive $5,000 from a fund set up by Janet

Frame for the purpose of encouraging New Zealand authors “of poetry

and imaginative prose”. The biennial award is timed to commemorate

Janet Frame’s birth date on the 28th of August. Janet Frame was

famously saved from an imminent lobotomy when a doctor noticed that

she had won a literary prize. She received many grants and prizes over

her long career and wanted to give back to her fellow writers.


Siobhan Harvey is originally from England and made New Zealand her

home 20 years ago. She is the author of eight books of poetry and non-fiction.

Her latest volume of poetry and creative non-fiction, ‘Ghosts’ (Otago

University Press 2021), explores themes of migration, homelessness and

family trauma. The UK Poetry Archive describes her poetry as “that of

a quester – a voyager — meditating on separation and discovery, on

time lost and time regained, on the tug of distant familial

connections, and the new global connectivity which means never being

out-of-touch.” Harvey is a lecturer in creative writing at the

Auckland University of Technology and her work is published widely in

New Zealand and international journals and anthologies.


Siobhan Harvey said that she was humbled “to be honoured in a legacy

left by New Zealand's foremost author” as well as finding herself the

recipient of an award given previously to writers whose work she

admires, such as Peter Olds, Tusiata Avia, David Eggleton, Catherine

Chidgey and Alison Wong.


 “In this fraught time of a global pandemic and in an era in which the

financial earnings of writers in New Zealand are below the minimum

wage, this bequest allows me to fund writing time I would not have

been able to afford otherwise.”


Authorised by Pamela Gordon, Chair, Janet Frame Literary Trust


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