Janet Frame Memorial Address from NZSA President of Honour 2017, Bernard Brown

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) invites you to hear Bernard Brown deliver the 2017 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

Old Government House on 31 October

Three Hoots for Survival…”Till the final judgement day, the Last Trump”       Janet Frame, Owls Do Cry, 29

  • Our little gremlins quit home

  • The constant absurdist

  • Saving the world with a metaphor

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc), is proud to host the Janet Frame Memorial Address from NZSA President of Honour 2017, Bernard Brown.

The evening will feature:
* an introduction by Graeme Lay *
* a brief update on the publishing ‘issue of the year’, the Copyright Act Review from
Paula Browning, CEO of Copyright Licensing NZ *

When: 5.30pm for 6pm start on Tuesday 31 October
Where: Old Government House, University of Auckland, 22 Princes St, Auckland Central
Beverages and light food provided
Born in Suffolk in 1934, Bernard Brown (ONZM) has been a law teacher for nearly sixty years in England, Singapore, and New Guinea (where he attracted an arrow-wound) and since 1962 at The University of Auckland. He has been active in PEN and the NZ Society of Authors’ affairs since 1970, is a Sargeson Trustee, and has written six books of stories and poems.  Cocktails with Molotov and Tea with Mr Lee (Titus) is due early 2018.

With the death of Tony Wedgewood Benn, Bernard is the sole survivor of the 1945 British Labour Party Conference at Bournemouth. His mother, Beatrice, in her late nineties transitioned into a metaphor – Lone Grey: the oldest Girl Guide in the world, but never lived down her only son’s expulsion from the Wolf Cubs.

Previous Presidents of Honour include Janet Frame, Frank Sargeson, Maurice Gee, Margaret Mahy, Dame Fiona Kidman, Gordon McLauchlan, Peter Beatson, Gavin Bishop, Daphne de Jong, Philip Temple, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Ian Cross, Marilyn Duckworth, Sir James McNeish, Joan Rosier-Jones and Joy Cowley.

We acknowledge the support of the University of Auckland and Copyright Licensing New Zealand.

RSVP to Jenny Nagle, CEO, NZSA: director@nzauthors.org.nz 09 379 4801 by October 27