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Official Web Site of the Janet Frame Literary Trust.


       Janet Frame Literary Trust

       Key responsibilities

       Rights Enquiries

       Contact Information

       Selected Quotations

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The Janet Frame Literary Trust is a charitable trust that was founded by Janet Frame in 1999. When she died in 2004 she bequeathed her copyright to the Trust and directed that the ongoing royalties and other income from her literary estate be used to give financial grants to New Zealand writers of poetry and imaginative fiction.


Janet Frame Literary Award recipients are selected by an Advisory Panel. Applications are not invited.


The Janet Frame Literary Trust is registered as a Charitable Organisation by the New Zealand Charities Commission, and has been approved as a donee organisation.


Janet Frame is published in the English language by Virago Press, Bloodaxe Books and Bloomsbury Books in the UK, by Counterpoint Press and George Braziller in the USA, by Text Publishing, Random House Australia and Wilkins Farago in Australia, and by Text Publishing and Penguin Random House in New Zealand. See the Current Editions page for details of books in print.


Key Responsibilities


The Janet Frame Literary Trust owns Janet Frame's copyright, oversees publishing and permissions, and administers the Janet Frame Literary Awards. All major decisions concerning Janet Frame's rights and legacy are made by the Board of Trustees.


Rights Enquiries


Janet Frame's literary estate is represented by an international literary agency: The Wylie Agency


Please contact the literary agency for enquiries about:


       Film and theatre adaptation

       Public or radio performance

       The right to set Janet Frame's work to music

       Inclusion of Janet Frame quotes in any art work

       Foreign translation rights

       Reproducing any of Janet Frame's written work


Please follow the instructions on the website and provide all necessary details before sending in a request.


Please note that the Janet Frame Estate maintains strict control over the copyright of unpublished manuscripts and letters by Janet Frame.


Contact Information for Janet Frame's Estate


E-mail link:

Click here to send an email to the Janet Frame Literary Trust. Please check with us before proceeding with any adaptation or exploitation of Janet Frame's work because the rights are not always available and permission is not always given.


Please note that unsolicited manuscripts are not accepted by the Janet Frame Literary Trust and no responsibility will be taken for their return.


Postal address:

Janet Frame Literary Trust

P.O. Box 6160

Dunedin 9059

New Zealand


Janet Frame Estate Web Page:


An Angel @ My Blog (latest news & views):


Janet Frame Facebook Page (Official):


Janet Frame - Selected Quotations


& They think I'm going to be a schoolteacher but I'm going to be a poet.

(Childhood diary entry, quoted in To The Is-Land)


& I like to see life with its teeth out.

(Letter to John Money, 6 May 1947)


& I have discovered that my freedom is within me, and nothing can destroy it.

(Letter to John Money, 3 October 1948, on being committed to Seacliff Hospital)


& Life is hell but at least there are prizes. Or so one thought.

(From the short story 'Prizes' in The Reservoir: Stories and Sketches)


& The general opinion in New Zealand then was that natural teeth were best removed anyway, it was a kind of colonial squandering, like the needless uprooting of forests.

(An Angel at My Table)


& 'For your own good' is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.

(Faces in the Water)


& There is no past, present or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.

(Faces in the Water)


& The Southern Cross cuts through my heart instead of through the sky.

(Towards Another Summer, written 1963, published 2007)


& A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgment or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth: there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writerís own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.

(The Envoy from Mirror City)


& I really love emailing, it's like writing a poem in the sky.

(From an email to Elizabeth Alley)


& Dying is an adventure, and I've always enjoyed adventures.

(Janet Frame to palliative care doctor, quoted in Sunday Star-Times interview with Anthony Hubbard, December 2003)


& Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.

(The Envoy from Mirror City)




We do not recommend the Wikipedia article on Janet Frame. It has errors, it is incomplete, it has a non-neutral bias, it gives unwarranted prominence to fringe theories and it quotes unreliable sources. Details concerning posthumous publications are missing or inaccurate. (Please note that Wikipedia does contain an important and oft-overlooked disclaimer to the effect that no information on the collaborative encyclopedia can be guaranteed to be reliable.)


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