Fiona Farrell, 2011. Robert Burns Fellow

Author Fiona Farrell at her home in Long Bay on Banks Peninsula.

In 2007 Fiona Farrell received the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction.
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Fiona Farrell is one of New Zealand’s leading writers, publishing work across a variety of genres.

Villa at the Edge of the Empire, The: One Hundred Ways to Read a City

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  • This book is not Fiona Farrell's first response to Christchurch's great tragedy. In 2011, she produced , which also reflected on the 'quake. An endnote to says that it is the first, non-fiction part of a two-part project, the second volume of which will be fiction.

    Taking the Avon Loop neighbourhood as her example, Fiona Farrell argues that Red Zoning has often functioned as a form of land grab by developers. They wanted to change the social nature of the area by creating expensive riverside residences beyond the reach of the socio-economic group who lived in "the Loop" pre-earthquake.

  • My heart sank when I read that Fiona Farrell’s latest collection, The Pop-Up Book of Invasions, was the product of a six-month stay in Ireland by this “descendent of Irish tenants, an illiterate scrum of Farrells, Slavens, Malones, O’Tooles and Dalys”. Farrell is twice-removed from Ireland – her father born in Dundee where his parents had fled Ireland’s 19th-century misery – and all the more primed, one would imagine, for the typical schwarmerei of half-digested Yeats and the loving rehearsal of the depredations of perfidious Albion.

    Fiona Farrell has been a Christchurch resident for more than 20 years, and she has often expressed her love for the city. As well as revelling in her writing cottage out of town, she came to enjoy the neighbourly suburbs near the city centre that had a strong sense of community.

    Best New Zealand Fiction. Vol 4

    Vintage

    Random House New Zealand 2007

    edited by Fiona Farrell

     

    "Farrell's choice demands respect and offers enjoyment to the intelligent reader..." Margaret Christenson, Wairarapa Times-Age 15 Dec. 2007

    "This volume is fairly bursting at the seams with superb writing ... there is just something about the range of voices and subject matter that makes number four the best of the Best....editor Fiona Farrell's thoughtful introduction is the icing on the cake..." John McCrystal, NZ Herald 17th Nov. 2007

    "Farrell's intelligent and enthusiastic introduction and the high standard of her choices make this an enjoyable and thorough showcase of our country's recent fiction..." Amy Brown, The Lumiere Reader

    'This popular series continues with a new editor, Fiona Farrell, who has scoured the country and beyond for a sampling of the best stories being written by our writers today. She has selected a variety of voices and styles, with vivid images as diverse as a giant turtle burying its eggs in the sand, children rummaging through piles of kerbside inorganic rubbish and an eel landing on a crisp white shirt. There are moments of tenderness and revelation, humour and insight, each story reverberating beyond the confines of the page, staying with the reader long after its end.'

    Contributors

    Michelle Arathimos, Sandra Arnold, Ben Brown, David Eggleton, Charlotte Grimshaw, Eirlys Hunter, Witi Ihimaera, Stephanie Johnson, Tim Jones, Fiona Kidman, Sue McCauley, Paula Morris, Carl Nixon, Julian Novitz, Sue Orr, Sarah Quigley, Duncan Sarkies, Tracey Slaughter, C.K. Stead, Judith White

  • Light Readings

    Random House New Zealand 2001

    "This brilliant collection of short stories adds to Farrell's considerable reputation as poet, dramatist and fiction writer... Don't miss it." BOP Times. June 2001

    "...she has the rare ability of turning the mundane events of domestic life into profound human experiences. Her writing is poetic, moving and literary." Beryl Fletcher, Waikato Times. 5 May, 2001

    "Read the lot, they'll seduce you into sharing Fiona Farrell's vision of a quirky, fascinating world. She lifts the ordinary person into centre stage with an understanding few other New Zealand writers are managing at present" Pat White

    'A superb collection of short stories that celebrate the power of the written word, giving an innovative take on the many forms of reading that bombard us in our everyday lives. From E- to junk-mail, gardening to cook books, tourist guides to romance novels, these stories play with them all. They illuminate the gap between living and reading, that moment when words become light.

    These stories are funny, wise, moving and compulsive. They are examples of 'light reading' in their accessibility, but there is also depth and a beautiful style, offering the very best in literary reading.'

     

    A Chamber Opera (six singers, eight instrumentalists incl sound effects operator) by Fiona Farrell and Chris Adams, presented as a 1940s style radio play detective story with an underlying environmental theme.

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Horses training in a variety of disciplines performed as a group, in the walk, trot and canter, in a demonstration that was jointly organized by Fiona Farrell, Esq. of Thoroughbred Renaissance, LLC. and Massachusetts rider and Thoroughbred owner Monica Southwick.