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Finders keepers: the making of a collection

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free event. You don't need to book. Koha from non-members is appreciated.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

Dame Fiona Kidman literary star and much-loved author of award-winning novels has been using Turnbull resources for nearly fifty years. Now her collection has been accepted into the Turnbull. Fiona will talk about some of the material she has accumulated.

Dame Fiona Kidman and the Turnbull collections

Dame Fiona Kidman is a literary star and a much-loved author of many award-winning novels. She has been using Turnbull resources — and also contributing to them — for nearly fifty years. She says her books such as the historical novels 'The Captive Wife', 'The Infinite Air' and 'This Mortal Boy' would have been impossible without access to the Turnbull’s amazing collections.

Fiona was both secretary and chair of many organisations, including PEN (NZ) — now the NZ Society of Authors including PEN; and the NZ Book Council; as well as producer of RNZ's 'Writing' programme for 7 years. Over the years she accumulated a large body of personal correspondence and recordings from literary luminaries, including Dame Ngaio Marsh, Frank Sargeson, Janet Frame, Denis Glover and others, as well as artists, educators and politicians. She describes herself as a hoarder, but this significant body of correspondence, tapes and personal manuscripts has all found its way to the Turnbull.

Fiona will talk about some of the material she has gathered over her life.

Dame Fiona Kidman
Dame Fiona Kidman (Random House). All rights reserved.