Owen Marshall on the Work of Writing

 “…As well as the imaginative (or the magical) aspect of writing where the inspiration strikes, there’s the craft aspect of it where it’s just a matter of sitting there doing the job…”


In our last episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 3 we hear from Owen Marshall.

Owen Marshall is a celebrated New Zealand writer. Often referred to as one of this country’s best short-story writers, Owen is also a novelist and poet. He has been awarded many of the top literary fellowships and honours available to New Zealand writers and was the New Zealand Society of Authors President of Honour in 2007-2008. Owen spoke with Deborah Shepard in 2015 about his childhood as a reader, his career as a writer and his work as a teacher.

Owen’s episode, and all in Season 3, are accompanied by a beautiful photo portrait of the writer taken by John McDermott, and hosted by New Zealand broadcaster, NZSA member and author Karyn Hay. Season 3 has been supported by a grant from The Southern Trust.

You can listen to Season 3 and 14 other episodes from writers  (both living and dead) from previous seasons on our website, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts (NZ Society of Authors).

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