An Honest Look at the Writing Life: Ian Cross on the NZSA Oral History Podcast

In the next episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast Series we hear from Ian Cross.  Ian Cross began writing his first novel The God Boy (published in 1957) while on a journalism fellowship at Harvard University.  The book was a critical success and was turned into a film and an opera.  Yet by 1959 and the end of his Burns Fellowship Ian Cross felt he was a failed writer, unable to do what was needed to make a living as an author in New Zealand.

What happened in those intervening years?  And how, once he’d stopped writing, did he become the leading force behind a Public Lending Right for New Zealand?  

New Zealand broadcaster, NZSA member and author Karyn Hay hosts the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series and takes us into a 2004 interview between Ian and Sarah Gaitanos which answers these questions.  

You can listen to all Season Two episodes of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series as they are released on our websiteSoundcloudStitcher, iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.  You can also use these links to listen to Season One episodes featuring Lauris Edmonds, Gordon McLauchlan, Dame Fiona Kidman, C.K. Stead, Kevin Ireland, Bernard Brown and Dame Christine Cole Catley.

Want to know more about the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series?  Read the NZ Herald article about the series on our website.

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