Renee Taylor (writer)

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For the actress, see Renée Taylor.

Renee Gertrude Taylor, ONZM (born 1929), is a feminist writer and playwright from New Zealand. Her ancestry is Scots and Māori from the tribe of Ngāti Kahungunu. Also known as Renee, the writer describes herself as a lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals.[1] She wrote her first play Setting the Table in 1981. Her plays have been published with extracts included in Intimate Acts, a collection of lesbian plays published by Brito and Lair, New York.

Taylor was born in Napier and moved to Auckland in 1979 where she completed a B.A. at Auckland University.[2]

In the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours, Taylor was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and drama.[3]


  • 1981 Setting the Table
  • 1982 Secrets
  • 1982 Breaking Out
  • 1983 Dancing
  • 1985 Wednesday to Come
  • 1985 Groundwork
  • 1987 Born to Clean
  • 1990 Touch of the Sun
  • 1990 Missionary Position


  1. ^ [1] New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 9 November 2009
  2. ^ [2] Playmarket, New Zealand Playwrights' Agency
  3. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 2006, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 16 December 2012.