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A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand


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Margery Blackman is Honorary Curator of Ethnographic Textiles and Costume at Otago Museum, Dunedin. She has exhibited widely as a practising weaver and has rugs and tapestries in New Zealand public and private collections. Broadly interested in craft and the history of textiles and textile structure, she has published articles on Indonesian, Chinese and Māori costume and textiles. Recently she contributed nine entries to Southern people: A dictionary of Otago-Southland biography (1998), including four on women active in art and craft. In 1995 she was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to textile knowledge in New Zealand.

Roderick Cave is an Englishman who is a long-time enthusiast for the history of printing, and author of The private press (1971, 2nd ed. 1983) and several other books on book trade history. He has spent much of his career outside the United Kingdom, including a period as foundation professor of librarianship at Victoria University of Wellington (1979-93). His latest book, Chinese paper offerings , was published by Oxford University Press (Hong Kong) in 1998.

Jocelyn Cuming is National Preservation Officer at the National Library of New Zealand. After graduating from the University of Auckland and working at Monash University, Jocelyn travelled to Britain to study book conservation and worked at the British Museum. She then worked in Rome as a book conservator before returning to New Zealand where she has continued to work and study in preventive conservation. A Winston Churchill grant enabled her to attend the Getty Conservation Institute and to do a study tour of American libraries. In her current position Jocelyn advises archives, community groups, libraries, and museums throughout New Zealand on preservation issues.

Elizabeth Eastmond lectures in Art History at the University of Auckland. Her special interests include Frances Hodgkins, the book arts, particularly the representation of the book, self-representation in New Zealand art and contemporary New Zealand women artists. She has published (with Merimeri Penfold) Women and the Arts in New Zealand 1936-1986 and (with Iain Buchanan and Michael Dunn) Frances Hodgkins, Paintings and Drawings , plus articles and reviews on topics such as medieval illuminated books in New Zealand collections and the art of Alexis Hunter. She was co-editor of the literature/theory/criticism magazine Antic.

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Anne Else co-founded Broadsheet magazine in 1972, then worked as an editor, writer and social policy analyst. She was awarded a Literary Fund grant (1986) and a Claude McCarthy Fellowship (1988) to work towards her book A question of adoption (1991). Her subsequent books include Women together (1993), a history of women's organisations; False economy (1996) on the conflict between paid and unpaid work; and A super future? The price of growing older in New Zealand (1998), with economist Susan St John. She is currently a freelance writer, editor, consultant, and Honorary Research Associate in Women's Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

Penny Griffith , a former librarian, is a freelance editor who was one of three compiler-editors of Book & print in New Zealand: A guide to the print culture of Aotearoa (1997). She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Humanities Society of New Zealand's History of Print Culture research programme and is Managing Editor of the Turnbull Library record.

Peter Hughes , whose main research interest is New Zealand small press publishing, is Librarian at the Auckland College of Education. He is currently working on a descriptive bibliography of the presswork of Alan Loney.

Lawrence Jones recently retired as a Professor of English at the University of Otago. He co-edits the Journal of New Zealand literature and has written extensively on New Zealand literary history, including Barbed wire and mirrors: Essays on New Zealand prose (1987) and the section on the novel in Terry Sturm (ed.) The Oxford history of New Zealand literature in English (1991, 2nd ed. 1998). He is at present working on another volume of essays and on a history of New Zealand writing from 1932 to 1963, from which the present essay is drawn.

Danny Keenan was born in New Plymouth and is of Ngati Te Whiti/Ngamotu, Te Atiawa, descent. He teaches Māori and New Zealand history at Massey University, Palmerston North and his research interests include Taranaki iwi history, the Land Wars and the post-war 19th-century period, 1870-1900. Danny's PhD examined the nature of 19th-century Taranaki tribal-colonial histories. In 1998, he was granted a Fulbright Postdoctoral Award to examine aspects of comparative Māori and Native American history. He was a contributor to Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History (2000) and is the co-editor of a forthcoming Māori history of New Zealand.

Donald Kerr is the Printed Collections Librarian at Auckland Central City Library. In 1992 he completed a MA thesis on Frank Wild Reed and his Alexandre Dumas Pere collection. He is currently working on a PhD about Sir George Grey as a book collector.

Peter Lineham has an MA from the University of Canterbury, a BD from Otago, and a PhD from the University of Sussex. His writings page 249 have been on English sectarian religious traditions and on various aspects of New Zealand religious history. His most recent book was Bible and society (1996). In 1998 he moved from the Palmerston North base of Massey University to its new campus at Albany on Auckland's North Shore.

Alan Loney convened the 1995 conference on the History of the Book in New Zealand at the University of Auckland. He has published articles on typography and literature, and has recently retired from fine press printing at The Holloway Press, University of Auckland. His poetry has won a New Zealand Book Award (1977), and in 1992 he was Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Jane McRae is a lecturer in Māori oral literature at the Māori Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She has written about Māori literature in The Oxford history of New Zealand literature in English and in Book & print in New Zealand. Currently she is coordinating a research team engaged in translation of and writing about 19th-century Māori newspapers.

Patrick Sandbrook is currently Director, National Student Relations, at Massey University, where he previously taught in the Department of English and in the Centre for University Extramural Studies before becoming Student Affairs Registrar. He has been the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee appointee to and chair of the national Tertiary Education Statistics Monitoring Committee. He has published articles in international journals and delivered papers at conferences on both New Zealand literature and tertiary education management. He is currently a member of a joint research team on the work of Robin Hyde, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund.

Terry Sturm taught at the University of Sydney before becoming Professor of English at the University of Auckland in 1981. He has published widely on New Zealand and Australian literature, including as editor of The Oxford history of New Zealand literature in English (1991, 2nd ed. 1998), and New Zealand editor of the Routledge encyclopedia of post-colonial literatures in English (1994). He was involved in literary arts administration on the N.Z. Literary Fund and the QE II Arts Council (1982-92), and in 1997 became first convenor of the Humanities Panel of the Marsden Fund. In 1990 he was awarded a CBE for services to literature.

Noel Waite completed his PhD thesis, Adventure and art: Literature publishing in Christchurch 1934-95, in 1997. In 1998 he curated an exhibition on The Caxton Press at the National Library of New Zealand, and was recently awarded a New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Award to write a book on Canterbury publishers. In late 1999 he took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund as part of the Otago regional print culture history research project at Otago University.