Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (2007):
The New Museology
Uncle Ron’s Last Surprise
[Recorded at the Going West Books & Writers Festival (11/9/05)]
Anne French was born in Wellington in 1956. She was educated at Ngaio Primary School, Wellington Girls' College and Victoria University, where she received an MA in 1980. She has trained as a teacher and was at one time a Teaching Assistant in the English Department at Victoria University.
French was the editor (1981), Managing Editor (1982), then Publisher (1989) at Oxford University Press New Zealand, Publisher at Te Papa Press, and the Managing Editor of New Zealand Strategic Management (New Zealand’s only refereed business journal). She is now the Strategic Adviser at the Foundation for Research and Technology.
Her collection Boys’ Night Out (1998) was a finalist in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, which she won in 1987 with All Cretans Are Liars (which also received the PEN Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 1988). Her other publications include The Male as Evader (1988), Cabin Fever (1990), Seven Days on Mykonos (1993), and (most recently) Wild (2005).
French was the inaugural writer in residence at Massey University in 1993.
In her spare time, she pursues interests which include music, fishing, gardening, and sailing. She sings in Cantoris, a Wellington choir dedicated to early music, manages the Wellington Junior Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed an opera libretto called ‘The Long Lunch’, which is being set by Wellington composer Michael Vinten.
All Cretans are Liars. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1987. The Male as Evader. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1988. Cabin Fever. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1990. Seven Days on Mykonos. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1993. Boys' Night Out. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1998. Wild. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2004.