Interviewed by Kim Hill (RNZ 18 Nov), Kapiti Coast playwright and author Renée spoke of how she educated herself at public libraries. Renée is the recipient of this year’s Playmarket Award for her significant artistic contribution to New Zealand theatre. Renée talked to Kim Hill about leaving school at 12 to work so her widowed mother could send Renee’s brother to High School. To listen to the interview click here.
Playmarket, representing the interests of NZ playwrights nationally and internationally, presented the award at the recent Playmarket Accolades in Wellington this month. Born in 1929, Renée is of Ngati Kahungungu and Irish-English-Scots ancestry.
Renée lives on the Kaptiti Coast where she concentrates on writing novels, plays, non-fiction, poetry and her blog Renée’s Wednesday Busk. Born in 1929, Renée is of Ngati Kahungungu and Irish-English-Scots ancestry. Her first play Setting the Table was written at age 50. Other plays include Secrets, Dancing, Breaking Out, Groundwork, and Born to Clean, and her acclaimed trilogy plays Wednesday to Come, Pass it On and Jeannie Once. All plays are available from Playmarket.