• NZSA Oral History Podcast Series S3 E2: Tessa Duder Part 2

    In our last episode, author Tessa Duder talked about her journey through journalism and motherhood and how those roles influenced her development as an author. Along the way Tessa has dedicated herself to issues of authors rights, both as an advocate and in her writing projects. What motivated her in this work is the focus of Part 2 of her 2015 interview with Deborah Shepard.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series S3 E1: Tessa Duder Part 1

    Season 3 of the NZSA Oral History Podcast begins with renown author Tessa Duder. Tessa has published fiction and non-fiction for children and adults both in New Zealand and overseas. In this episode she talks with Deborah Shepard as they chart Tessa’s journey from a cub-reporter to famous novelist and the people who helped and inspired her along the way.

  • NZSA Live! 1: David Hill, 2019 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

    Welcome to NZSA Live! where we share audio recorded at a variety of New Zealand Society of Authors events. Today’s podcast was recorded at the 2019 Janet Frame Memorial Address given by NZSA President of Honour 2019 – 2020, David Hill.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series S2 E7: Dennis McEldowney

    Dennis McEldowney believed a diary was a better keeper of history than memory. In this final episode for Season 2 he reads from his diary and discusses with Michael King what the diary revealed

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series S2 E6: Ray Grover

    In the late 1950’s Ray Grover was part of a small circle of Wellington writers that included Maurice Gee, Fleur Adcock and James K. Baxter. Shortly after publishing his first novel, ‘Another Man’s Role’ in 1967, Ray joined PEN NZ and quickly became involved in the executive. By 1974 he was President. Years later in February 2000 Ray sat down with Alison Gray to talk about those times and why, so soon after joining, he became actively involved.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series S2 E5: Ruth Dallas

    Ruth Dallas was a poet and children’s author. She worked side-by-side with the famous New Zealand editor, Charles Brasch at Landfall and had a long time friendship with Janet Frame. So why, when she began writing, did she do so in solitude and secret? Michael King asked Ruth this as part of their interview in 2000.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series S2 E4: Tony Simpson

    Tony Simpson is an award-winner writer who has published seventeen books of New Zealand history. He’s a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and was also president of PEN NZ during the turbulent 1980’s. In this interview from 2005 he opens up about his experiences with PEN NZ, being forced out of the Arts Council, fighting with Robert Muldoon and about his personal life. He has clear opinions on his contemporary writers, politicians and publishers. It’s a fascinating and moving episode.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast S2 E3: Ian Cross

    Ian Cross began writing his first novel, ‘The God Boy’, while on a journalism fellowship at Harvard University. The book was a critical success and turn Ian into a famous kiwi author. However, his journey as a writer wasn’t all sky-high. In 2004 Sarah Gaitanos interviewed Ian about his career.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast S2 E2: Elsie Locke

    Elsie Locke was a leader and writer for the New Zealand peace movement, living through almost the whole of the violent twentieth century. Yet to most New Zealanders she is best known for her children’s writing, especially her children’s novel, ‘The Runaway Settlers’. At the age of 87 she sat down with Alison Gray to talk about her years as a writer.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast S2 E1: Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

    Arriving in New Zealand as an orphan from the Cook Islands, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell went on to be one of New Zealand’s most important twentieth century writers, reflecting his European and Pacific heritage in his work, leading the New Zealand Society of Authors as President in 1976, and being awarded an Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  Alistair was probably best known for his poetry but he had success in many genres including play-writing, fiction and publishing for children at the School Journal.  He discussed all these in an interview with Sarah Gaitanos in 2004 before his death.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series 2 Promo

    The NZSA Oral History Podcast Series is back from next week! We have dug through our archives to bring you New Zealand poets, playwrights, novelists and writers for children, all sharing their experiences of enduring in a writer’s life.

  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Episode 7: Christian Karlson Stead

    Christian Karlson Stead has been one of New Zealand’s greatest literary figures for many years as a novelist, literary critic, poet, essayist, lecturer and then emeritus professor of English at the University of Auckland.  Karl was deeply involved in the New Zealand Society of Authors for many years and yet is also, famously, no longer a member. Before Christmas in the year 2000 Karl sat down to discuss his NZSA history with Michael King.