“I’m writing for certain children, for what they need…I’m not trying to have a generic, bland thing.”
Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast continues with part 2 of Naomi Arnold’s 2020 oral history interview with Kyle Mewburn. Naomi and Kyle talk about the issues authors face, both on and off the page, and Kyle’s time as NZSA president: “I was known for being flippant, because I am flippant, how very observant of these people to notice!”. This episode is an open look at the life of a NZ writer and author advocate.
Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and eclectic writers. Working full-time as a writer for over twenty years she has published over forty titles, including award-winning picture books and two junior fiction series. She also has a new memoir due out this year. Kyle served as President of NZSA for four years and is dedicated to the welfare of writers across Aotearoa.
This is the fourth season of the NZSA Oral History Podcasts, using author oral histories that NZSA began recording in the 1990’s. You can listen to Kyle’s first episode and all past episodes from writers (both living and dead) from previous seasons on our website, Google, Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen (search ‘NZ Society of Authors’).
NZSA would like to thank The Southern Trust for funding this season, and also UNESCO and the Otago Community Trust for the funding to record new oral histories with authors based in Otago.