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Author Jill Dawson at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, May 2010

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Uploaded on May 20, 2010

Jill Dawson is the author of six novels and editor of six anthologies of poetry and short stories. She also writes scripts and journalism and has written one non-fiction book for teenagers.

Her other novels are: Magpie (1998); Fred & Edie (2000); Wild Boy (2003); Watch Me Disappear (2006), and The Great Lover (2009), about the poet Rupert Brooke, which was a Richard and Judy Summer Read. Fred & Edie was shortlisted for both the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction, and voted one of 50 essential novels by a living author.

Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and her writing has been described by the Whitbread judges as 'inventing a female language where Jean Rhys leaves off.

She is currently director of Gold Dust, a mentoring scheme for writers. Jill lives with her husband and two sons in an award-winning eco house in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Produced for bookTV.co.nz by CLIP Video, Auckland, New Zealand. http://clipvideo.co.nz

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