Janet Frame was born in Dunedin in 1924. As well as her poetry, she published eleven novels, five collections of stories, a children’s book and a three-volume autobiography (adapted by Jane Campion into her film An Angel at My Table). Her posthumous second collection The Goose Bath was published in New Zealand in 2006. It won the prize for best book of poetry at the annual (Montana) New Zealand Book Awards in 2007.
2008 saw the publication of Storms Will Tell: Selected Poems from Bloodaxe, and from Virago, the first UK publication of Towards Another Summer, a previously unpublished short novel, written in London in 1963, and first published in New Zealand in 2007.
Janet Frame won numerous literary awards at home and abroad, was made a CBE in 1983 for services to literature, and received New Zealand’s highest civil honour in 1990 when she was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand. In 2003 she was among the inaugural recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement, was named an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artist, and was a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died in 2004.