Owen Marshall

Owen Marshall is a renowned novelist, short story writer, poet and anthologist who experienced boyhood in Blenheim, but has spent most of his life in South Canterbury and Otago.

He has been awarded the CNZM and ONZM for services to literature and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.

Owen has an honorary LittD from the University of Canterbury where he is an adjunct professor. In 1996, he was the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow in Menton, France.

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Festival sessions

The Long and the Short of it

- in conversation with Nikki Macdonald

4pm-5pm, Saturday 6 July, ASB Theatre, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, $20

Owen Marshall is one of our country's great short story writers. His latest novels Pearly Gates (2019) and Love As A Stranger (shortlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) remind us he is a dab hand at writing stories in the longer format too. Owen discusses the art of the short story, his novels and the people and places that have shaped his writing career.


View from the South

- with Grahame Sydney in conversation with Nikki Macdonald

10am-11am, Sunday 7 July, ASB Theatre, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, $20

The poetry of Owen Marshall and photography of Grahame Sydney complement each other beautifully in View from the South. They discuss their 2018 collaboration and other ties that bind their friendship of many years.


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