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Nurse to the imagination : 50 years of the Robert Burns Fellowship

Author: Lawrence Jones
Publisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2008.
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"Part of a university's proper business is to act as nurse to the arts, or, more exactly, to the imagination as it expresses itself in the arts and sciences. Imagination may flourish anywhere. But it should flourish as a matter of course in the university, for it is only through imaginative thinking that society grows, materially and intellectually" asserted Charles Brasch, one of the founders of the Robert Burns  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nurse to the imagination.
Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)649091540
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence Jones
ISBN: 9781877372650 187737265X
OCLC Number: 262682120
Description: 251 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The Burns fellowship 'To encourage and promote" --
The 1960s --
Ian Cross [1959] --
Maurice Duggan [1960] --
John Caselberg [1961] --
R.A.K Mason [1962] --
Maurice Shadbolt [1963] --
Maurice Gee [1964] --
Janet Frame [1965] --
James K. Baxter [1966-1967] --
Ruth Dallas [1968] --
Warren Dibble [1969] --
The 1970s --
Hone Tuwhare [1969, 1974] --
O.E. Middleton [1970] --
Noel Hilliard [1971] --
Ian Wedde [1972] --
Graham Billing [1973] --
Witi Ihimaera [1975] --
Sam Hunt [1976] --
Keri Hulme [1977] --
Roger Hall [1977-1978] --
Peter Olds [1978] --
Michael Noonan [1979] --
The 1980s --
Philip Temple [1980] --
Bill Sewell [1981-1982] --
Rawiri Paratene [1983] --
Brian Turner [1984] --
Cilla McQueen [1985-1986] --
Robert Lord [1987] --
John Dickson [1988] --
Renée [1989] --
The 1990s --
David Eggleton [1990] --
Lynley Hood [1991] --
Owen Marshall [1992] --
Stuart Hoar [1993] --
Christine Johnston [1994] --
Elspeth Sandys [1995] --
Bernadette Hall [1996] --
Paddy Richardson [1997] --
Michael King [1998-1999] --
Paula Boock [1999] --
The 2000s --
James Norcliffe [2000] --
Jo Randerson [2001] --
Alison Wong [2002] --
Nick Ascroft [2003] --
Sarah Quigley [2003] --
Kate Duignan [2004] --
Catherine Chidgey [2005-2006] --
Diane (Ruth) Pettis [2006] --
Laurence Fearnley [2007] --
Sue Wootton [2008] --
Notes --
Acknowledgements --
Illustration sources.
Other Titles: 50 years of the Robert Burns Fellowship
Fifty years of the Robert Burns Fellowship
Responsibility: edited by Lawrence Jones.

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"Part of a university's proper business is to act as nurse to the arts, or, more exactly, to the imagination as it expresses itself in the arts and sciences. Imagination may flourish anywhere. But it should flourish as a matter of course in the university, for it is only through imaginative thinking that society grows, materially and intellectually" asserted Charles Brasch, one of the founders of the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. From iconic writers like Janet Frame, James K. Baxter and Owen Marshall to effervescent newcomers such as Jo Randerson, Alison Wong and Sue Wootton, Nurse to the Imagination celebrates 50 years of 'talent and towering hope' as the second Burns Fellow, Maurice Duggan, cheekily wrote in 1960 The late Reg Graham.s famous photographs signpost scholarly overviews of each fellow's career. But the primary delight lies in the excerpted works begun (and sometimes completed) during each fellow's tenure, works which have found their way into the heads and hearts of New Zealanders: Along Rideout Road that Summer, The Rainbirds, A Small Ode on Mixed Flatting, Rain, The Loners, My Father Today, Middle-Age Spread, Wrestling with the Angel ... Lawrence Jones describes his book as 'a literary wine-tasting'. There are many colours, flavours, textures to be sampled.

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