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North Shore remembers Frank Sargeson

Fri 31 Oct 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News

Auckland's North Shore Heritage Week will present a special literary event to celebrate the life, works and influence of gay writer Frank Sargeson this Sunday. Writer Frank Sargeson (1903-1982) One of Takapuna's most famous residents, Sargeson, who died in 1982, was one of the first writers to focus on the character of 'real' New Zealanders. His sparely-written stories put everyday life and everyday characters into perspective at a time when most of the country's writing turned towards the traditions of the English motherland. The author was gay at a time and in a place when homosexuality was neither legal nor fashionable. In addition to his contribution towards the development of a New Zealand voice, he coached and challenged many young people who were to become some of the country's best known authors. Sargeson's home on Esmonde Road in Takapuna, preserved today as a museum, was the centre of an important literary circle for many years. Celebrating Sargeson will take place from 2pm this Sunday 2 November, at Devonport's Holy Trinity Church Hall, featuring readings, memories and musical entertainment. Writers Christine Cole Catley, Graeme Lay and C. K. Stead will attend, with music by an ensemble from the Accordion Orchestra. The theatre piece The Last Days of Frank Sargeson by Gordon McLauchlan, will be performed by the Auckland Theatre Company.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Friday, 31st October 2008 - 10:42am

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