Saturday, November 22, 2014

Prizes and Grants for Professor Janet Wilson and Dr Gerri Kimber’s Literary Research on New Zealand

This Autumn, scholars in the English Division, Professor Janet Wilson and Dr Gerri Kimber have received prestigious awards for their research on the literature and culture of New Zealand.

The  first ever book of New Zealand short stories translated into Spanish, Un Pais de Ceuento : Veinte relatos de Nueva Zelanda (The University of Zaragoza Press, 2014), edited by Professor Wilson and Dr Paloma Fresno Calleja (University of Balearic Isles) has  just been awarded the 2014 AEDEAN translation prize at the Annual Conference of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies.  This translation was funded by a Santander award from the University of Northampton.  Professor Wilson provided notes on the English texts and wrote the introduction, while Dr Fresno made the translation into Spanish.

New Mansfield story discovered in Turnbull Library papersDr Kimber has just been awarded a prestigious grant for 2015 by the National Library of New Zealand’s Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, which houses New Zealand’s national documentary heritage collections. The grant of $10,000 is awarded annually to a prominent scholar who plans to make significant use of the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.  Dr Kimber is currently researching a new biography of Katherine Mansfield, and the library houses the world’s most important collection of Mansfield manuscripts. Dr Kimber is thrilled by this award. ‘This grant will make an enormous difference to my research, as it allows me to spend a month in New Zealand, conducting the in-depth research needed for this new biography of Mansfield’s early life’.

Dr Kimber will deliver a public lecture on her research whilst in New Zealand and produce an article to be published in the Turnbull Library Record, the peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the humanities, published annually by the Alexander Turnbull Library


The authors represented in this 258-page anthology are: Katherine Mansfield, Frank Sargeson, Roderick Finlayson, Dan Davin, Janet Frame, Maurice Shadbolt, Maurice Duggan, Joy Cowley, Witi Ihimaera, Maurice Gee, Keri Hulme, Patricia Grace, Vincent O'Sullivan, Shonagh Koea, Owen Marshall, Fiona Kidman, Barbara Anderson, Fiona Farrell, Albert Wendt and Sue Orr..

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