Speaking Frankly


About the book

Frank Sargeson (1903 - 1982) was mentor to many of our past and current writers, including Janet Frame, C.K. Stead, and Kevin Ireland. The lectures range from his generosity, how the Great New Zealand novel developed, the influences on his writing, the place of literary house museums and the value of reading to our lives. It includes papers from Michael King, Lawrence Jones, Kevin Ireland, Peter Wells, Christine Cole Catley, Graeme Lay, Elizabeth Aitken Rose and Owen Marshall. Commemorating him, the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship is awarded annually.

Speaking Frankly is part of Cape Catley's Sargeson Collection.

About the author

SARAH SHIEFF teaches in the Department of English, University of Waikato. She directs the University of Waikato's programme in New Zealand Studies and edits the Journal of New Zealand Literature. She is convenor of the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures.


This collection, edited by Sarah Shieff, brings together the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures which focus on the influence of the man and his legacy to New Zealand literature.

editor, Sarah Shieff