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Dear Charles, Dear Janet


Sat 10 May 2014, 1:00pm–1:45pm

Where: Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

A new literary festival for Dunedin with an exciting line-up of top New Zealand and international writers, including a variety of events: readings, conversations, children’s sessions and more.

Dear Charles, Dear Janet

A portrait of the growth of the friendship between legendary Dunedinites Janet Frame and Charles Brasch using their own words written to and about each other: correspondence, poems, diary and memoir. This scripted reading premiered as ‘Can You Hear Me, Whangaparaoa?’ in front of a full house at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival in 2009 and is presented in Dunedin for the first time courtesy of the Janet Frame Literary Trust.

“This was such a clever idea - a programme of readings from unpublished correspondence between two towering NZ literary figures, Janet Frame and Charles Brasch… Well done whomever it was that came up with this idea.” (Graham Beattie)

“This was a fabulous glimpse into the lives of Janet Frame and Charles Brasch, and certainly highlighted the mischievous sense of humour of Janet! I felt I came away with a real taste of the characters of these remarkable individuals.” (Vanda Symon)

“It was an original and moving tribute, attended by a big crowd. Brasch’s and Frame’s voices came strongly down the years; some things have changed, some are the same. Brasch writing to Frame that “bulldozers on Waiheke sounds like sacrilege” is all too familiar, but Frame’s description of Brasch as having “discipline instead of marrow in his bones” could not be applied to too many people now.” (Christchurch City Libraries Blog)

Generously supported by the Janet Frame Literary Trust

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