Marilyn Duckworth

Marilyn Duckworth OBE (born 10 November 1935) is a New Zealand novelist, poet and short story writer. She has published 16 novels, one novella, a collection of short stories and a collection of poetry. She has also written for television and radio.

Early lifeEdit

Duckworth was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but spent the years between 1939 and 1947 in England. Her father was the psychologist and Esperantist Cyril Adcock, and her sister is the poet Fleur Adcock.

CareerEdit

Duckworth's first novel, A Gap in the Spectrum, was published when she was 23.

Her debut in 1959 puts her in the second generation of New Zealand novelists of the Provincial period.[1]

Honours, awards and nominationsEdit

Fellowships and grantsEdit

  • Literary Fund Scholarship in Letters (1961 and 1972)
  • Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, Menton, France (1980)[4]
  • Fulbright Visiting Writer's Fellowship, United States (1987)
  • Australia New Zealand Writers' Exchange Fellowship (1989)
  • Victoria University of Wellington Writer's Fellowship (1990)
  • Arts Council NZ Scholarship in Letters (1993)
  • Hawthornden Writing fellowship, Scotland (1994)
  • Sargeson Writing Fellowship, Auckland (1995)
  • Auckland University Literary Fellowship (1996)
  • Ucross Foundation Residency, Wyoming United States (1997)
  • Millay Arts Centre Residency, New York State United States (2001)

Selected worksEdit

  • A Gap in the Spectrum (1959)
  • The Matchbox House (1960)
  • A Barbarous Tongue (1963)
  • Over the Fence Is Out (1969).
  • Other Lovers' Children: Poems 1958–74 (1975)
  • Disorderly Conduct (1984)
  • Married Alive (1985)
  • Rest for the Wicked (1986)
  • Pulling Faces (1987)
  • A Message from Harpo (1989)
  • Explosions in the Sun (1989), a volume of short stories
  • Unlawful Entry (1992)
  • Seeing Red (1993)
  • Fooling (1994), a novella
  • Leather Wings (1995)
  • Cherries on a Plate: New Zealand Writers Talk About Their Sisters (1996 ) (editor)
  • Studmuffin (1997)
  • Camping on the Faultline (2000), a memoir
  • Swallowing Diamonds (2003)
  • Playing Friends (2007)
  • The Chiming Blue: New and Selected Poems (VUP, 2017)

Plays broadcast on radioEdit

  • Feet First (Radio New Zealand) (1981)
  • Home to Mother (Radio New Zealand) (1976)
  • A Gap in the Spectrum (Radio New Zealand) (1972)
  • A Barbarous Tongue (Radio New Zealand) (adaptation of own work for Radio New Zealand) (1973)

Television scriptsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sturm 1991, p. 154.
  2. ^ "No. 50950". The London Gazette (4th supplement). 13 June 1987. p. 32.
  3. ^ Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  4. ^ Duckworth, Marilyn (14 August 2020). "Memories of Menton". The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi. Retrieved 30 September 2021.

BibliographyEdit

  • Sturm, Terry (1991). The Oxford history of New Zealand literature in English. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-558211-X. OCLC 24378310.

Further readingEdit

  • The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, edited by Roger Robinson & Nelson Wattie pp. 147–148 (1998, Oxford University Press, Auckland). ISBN 0-19-558348-5

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