Events and Activity Archive
The house hosts a annual programme of events. These include: - Workshops - Book launches - School Visits - Literary events and celebrations.
During the 2011 - 12 seson the Trust hosted New Zealand writer Owen Marshall for an event at the Library and a writing workshop.
Sponsored by the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust and the Oamaru Public Library and Creative Communities.
The Janet Frame house is beginning to show its age.The house's trust recently discovered an issue with the piping and is now raising $6000 for repairs. The money will also cover repairing the windowsills. Trust member Carol Berry said the town was forever generous when it comes to the up-keep of the house. "Oamaru people like to own it," she said. The house welcomes people from all over the world, most of whom are familiar with Janet Frame's work. "Our responsibility is to protect the house."
Janet Frame lived in the Eden St house from 1931 through until 1943, attending Waitaki Girls' High School. If you would like to help fund the repairs, either donate on Givealittle Donate Now or call 03 434 2300
2011 A weekend with Fiona Farrell
I have two reasons for wishing the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust every success in its endeavours. As a writer. I am immensely moved by the Trust’s efforts to honour one of this country’s leading exponents of the art in the place where her talents found their source. New Zealand does not honour many of its writers in this fashion: preserving a house that had special significance while that writer was alive. To visit such a place inevitably takes on something of the nature of a pilgrimage. The writer’s power is acknowledged and their memory kept alive at places such as Haworth, Dove Cottage and, now, at Eden Street.
Secondly, as someone brought up in Oamaru who now returns as a visitor, I find it so satisfying to tour the house. The Trust presents it so very well. House and garden are presented with honesty, sensitivity and artistic flare. Nothing is overstated, nothing overlooked. Readers of her work will find great satisfaction in seeing the originals referred to in Frame’s work: a hillside, a seat by the kitchen range - but no visitor could leave without a greater insight into the life of the child who grew up here and became the writer, Janet Frame.
The Trust’s work continues to be conducted with great enthusiasm by individuals passionate about this writer and her work. I hope they will continue to find all the support they need. Fiona Farrell
House opens its first season
Kate's Klassics - Poet Kate Camp delivers a poetry workshop and an evening event Kate's Klassics a conversation with Jim Hopkins
Dame Fiona Kidman delivers a writing memoir workshop and late that day Is the star guest at A Proper High Tea at Burnside Homestead in conversation with
A weekend with Fiona Farrell
Friday 1 April - Oamaru Public Library 6.00pm An evening with Fiona Farrell
Saturday 2 April - Writing Workshop with Fiona Farrell $25 enroll on 021 - 343 119