May 19, 2009

AWRF 2009: Frank Sargeson

Carolyn is our Reference Librarian for "the 820.8s", "the 828s" and even "the 821.99s", which is to say, New Zealand prose and poetry. Here's what she did at AWRF 2009:

I felt very privileged to be one of the first to view a wonderful new documentary by Mark Casey at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival yesterday. "Frank" is more than just the story of the life and work of Frank Sargeson. This film captures rare insights into the man and the writer and records candid interviews with those fortunate writers who were mentored, inspired and influenced by Sargeson. These include some of New Zealand's top authors including Kevin Ireland, C.K. Stead, Christine Cole Catley and Graeme Lay. 14 Esmonde Road, Takapuna, was the centrepoint for an emerging New Zealand literature. For the first time writers could be writers and live in New Zealand.

Excerpts were read from some of Sargeson's key works including "An affair of the heart", "A piece of yellow soap", "A man and his wife", "Cats by the tail" and a particularly startling frog tale from "Memoirs of a peon".

In short "Frank" is a work of integrity, an inspiration and a must see. Well done Mark Casey!

Ditulis Oleh : tosca // 02:30


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