• NZSA Oral History Podcast Episode 4: Bernard Brown

    Poet Bernard Brown was New Zealand Society of Authors President of Honour in 2017-18 and is a Taipūrākau member. As a respected lawyer and law lecturer, he led the team giving advice on contracts and royalties for twenty years and also ran writing competitions for the Auckland Branch. Just before Christmas in 1999 Bernard sat down with Alison Gray and talked about the very beginning of PEN in Auckland almost thirty years earlier. Listen to the interview here.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Episode 3: Dame Fiona Kidman

    Dame Fiona Kidman is a New Zealand writer and writing teacher who has been widely published and recognised at home and abroad. Her latest book, This Mortal Boy was released this year. As a young and newly successful author in the 1970’s, Fiona found herself at the heart of the sometimes caustic and cavalier operations of PEN New Zealand. Listen to her December 1999 interview with Alison Gray here.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Episode 2: Gordon McLauchlan

    Through his writing, radio and television projects Gordon McLauchlan is known for his wit, cultural criticism and works of New Zealand history. He also played a critical role in securing authors rights, advocating as president of the NZSA for kiwi writers during the economic reforms of the early 1990’s and for freedom of speech for writers worldwide through PEN. Listen to his July 2000 interview with Michael King here.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Episode 1: Lauris Edmond

    Lauris Edmond was a New Zealand poet, novelist and editor who also wrote for radio and the stage. In 1999, just months before her death, she sat down with Alison Gray in what may be her last interview. Listen to it here.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series Promo 1

    The New Zealand Society of Authors is opening its audio history! Find out more about the series. Launching 27 September.