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Courage, candour and bloody-mindedness, Frances Edmond

Playscripts Victor Rodger: Black Faggot and Other Plays Victoria University Press, $35.00 ISBN 9781776561032 “Life will always leave fiction for dead”: Victor Rodger, in the New Zealand Herald, summing up his life experience, thus far. Rodger’s upbringing is certainly uncommon…
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Infectious enjoyment, Fleur Adcock

Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond Frances Edmond and Sue Fitchett (eds) Steele Roberts, $35.00, ISBN 9780947493448 This enjoyable anthology doesn’t pretend to be anything but an act of loving homage; as the editors admit, they…
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Driven by secrets, Frances Edmond

When Sun and Moon Collide Briar Grace-Smith Huia, $21.88, ISBN 9781869693169 Sons Victor Rodger Huia, $21.88, ISBN 9781869693039 Why publish a play? Well, a book is a nice thing to hold, material and solid: a small package containing something intriguing,…
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Roar of the greasepaint, Frances Edmond

Downstage Upfront John Smythe Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734891 In Downstage’s first year, 1964, I saw the Beatles in the Wellington Town Hall and screamed and cried along with thousands of other teenagers – girls mostly. The next year…
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