Award-winning poet and broadcaster Kate Camp has become a trustee of the organisation that owns Janet Frame’s childhood home.
Janet Frame Eden Street Trust chairwoman Chloe Searle said she was “very excited” by the development.
“We always like to have at least one who’s an active writer.”
Renowned playwright Roger Hall had been on the trust since its inception, and when he stepped down Ms Searle wondered: “how do we fill those shoes?”.
The trustees believed Camp would be ideal, but were unsure whether she would take on the position.
“We were delighted when she accepted,” Ms Searle said.
The Wellington-based writer was one of the guest authors and creative writing tutors at the Janet Frame house at 56 Eden St in 2018. She has won the New Zealand Book Award for poetry, the Berlin Writer’s Residency, and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.
The trust was also seeking local people to join its ranks. Some of the Oamaru-based members had signalled they were going to retire, Ms Searle said.
“We would love one or two more.”
Anyone interested was welcome to contact Ms Searle; those who were hesitant about the responsibility of being a trustee could find other volunteer roles more to their liking, she said.
“The trust is starting to work on exciting plans for 2024 – the centennial of Frame’s birth.”
She hoped extra local trustees would be available for those celebrations.
A grant from the Rotary Foundation was being used on marketing and fundraising merchandise that would be showcased when 56 Eden St was opened for the new visitor season in November.
Helpers were always welcome at the working bee to prepare the house and grounds, Ms Searle said. It would take place on October 31.
Funding from Te Papa would go towards updating the signage outside the house.
During the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations in mid-November, founding curator Ralph Sherwood would give a talk on the Victorian literature that inspired Frame, who lived at 56 Eden St from 1931 to 1943.