Janet Frame 1924 - 2004

Janet Frame photo in Kete Horowhenua

Janet Frame Kete Horowhenua photo.

Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished writer, died in Dunedin of leukemia on 29 January 2004. She was 79.

In 2003, along with Michael King and Hone Tuwhare, she was honoured as one of the giant kauri of New Zealand literature in the inaugural Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

Biographies and criticism

Obituaries and tributes

The Gift of Language, C. K. Stead, NZ Listener, February 7-13, 2004, Vol 192, No 3326

Interviews and documentaries

The Janet Frame Collection
This collection celebrates Frame’s life and work on screen, from applauded Vincent Ward and Jane Campion translations to a rare TV interview with Michael Noonan. From NZ On Screen.

Other resources

Janet Frame Eden Street Trust
The trust maintains Janet Frame’s family home in Oamaru as a museum.
Janet Frame Literary Trust
The trust manages royalties and other income from her literary estate to be used to give financial grants to New Zealand writers of poetry and imaginative fiction.

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Works by Janet Frame



Short stories and other writings