Fiona Farrell

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Fiona Farrell
Born1947
Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Otago, University of Toronto
Genrefiction, poetry

Fiona Farrell ONZM (born 1947) is a New Zealand poet, fiction writer and playwright. Her latest novel, Decline and Fall on Savage Street, was published in May 2017.[1] The Broken Book, (essays and poetry) was published by Auckland University Press 2011.[2] She lives at Otanerito on Banks Peninsula with her partner Doug Hood, and until April 2017, their Otanerito Beach House was a stop over point at the Banks Peninsula Track.[3][4] She worked as a drama lecturer at the Palmerston North Teachers' College and lived in Palmerston North from 1976 to 1991.

Awards and honours[edit]

She has won several awards for short fiction, including the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award and the American Express Award.

  • 1983 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award[5]
  • 1990 The Perils of Pauline Smith' (1990) won the Mobil Award for Best Radio Drama
  • 1991–1992 Canterbury University Writer in Residence
  • 'Chook Chook' (1992) remains one of Playmarket's most frequently requested scripts
  • 1993 The Skinny Louie Book (Penguin,1992) won the 1993 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction[6]
  • 1995 recipient of the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship[7]
  • 2003, 2005 The Hopeful Traveller (Random House, 2002) and Book Book (Random House, 2004) were runners-up at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2003 and 2005 respectively, and were also nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards 2003 and 2005.[8]
  • 2006 inaugural Rathcoola Residency in Donoughmore, Ireland
  • 2007 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement[9] worth $60,000.[10]
  • 2008 The Pop-Up Book of Invasions (Auckland University Press, 2007) was runner-up in the poetry category at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.[11]
  • 2009 Mr Allbones' Ferrets (Random House, 2007) was nominated for the 2009 Dublin IMPAC Award
  • 2010 Finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Book Awards in the Fiction category for her novel, Limestone (Random House, 2009)[12]
  • 2011 Robert Burns Fellow[13]
  • 2012 Appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature, in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours[14]
  • 2013 Awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer's Fellowship to research and write twin books, one fiction and one non-fiction, inspired by her experiences of the Christchurch earthquakes
  • 2015 non-fiction book The Village at the End of the Empire: 100 Ways to Read a City was a finalist for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
  • 2016 The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City was a finalist for the Non-Fiction section of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.[15]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels:

  • The Skinny Louie Book (Penguin, 1992)
  • Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women (1996)
  • The Hopeful Traveller (Vintage, 2002)
  • Book Book (Vintage, 2004)
  • Mr Allbones' Ferrets (Vintage, 2007; Thomas Dunne Books, 2009)
  • Limestone (Vintage, 2009)
  • Decline and Fall on Savage Street (Penguin Random House, 2017)

Poetry:

  • Cutting Out (Auckland University Press, 1987)
  • The Inhabited Initial (Auckland University Press, 1999)
  • The Pop-Up Book of Invasions (Auckland University Press, 2007)

Short Stories:

  • The Rock Garden (Auckland University Press, 1989)
  • Light Readings (Vintage, 2001)

Non-fiction:

  • The Quake Year (with photographer Juliet Nicholas; Canterbury University Press, 2012)
  • The Villa at the Edge of the Empire (Vintage, 2015)

Essays and poetry:

  • The Broken Book (Auckland University Press, 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penguin Books". Penguin.org.nz. Retrieved 4 June 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Fiona Farrell interview – New Zealand Listener". Listener.co.nz. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ "Fiona Farrell". Auckland University Press. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  4. ^ Hayward, Michael (5 November 2016). "Banks Peninsula Track loses a day". The Press. p. A16. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ Edmond, Murray (6 October 2014). "Plays and playwrights – Theatre into the 2000s". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Past Winners | New Zealand Book Awards Trust". Nzbookawards.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Katherine Mansfield – Menton Fellowship – List of Fellows". mansfieldfellowship.org. Retrieved 27 July 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  8. ^ "Past Winners | New Zealand Book Awards Trust". Nzbookawards.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Previous winners". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Prime Minister's Awards for literary achievement". Creativenz.govt.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Past Winners | New Zealand Book Awards Trust". Nzbookawards.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Past Winners | New Zealand Book Awards Trust". Nzbookawards.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  13. ^ Zealand, Otago Fellows, University of Otago, New. "The Robert Burns Fellowship, Otago Fellows, University of Otago, New Zealand". Otago.ac.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee honours list 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  15. ^ "2016 Awards Shortlist | New Zealand Book Awards Trust". Nzbookawards.nz. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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