Janet Wilson finalist in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award


NZS UK Ball Jo Claire and Janet credit Peter Living Photography

Professor Janet Wilson, wearing the pounamu taonga she received as a finalist with fellow NZSN committee members, Jo Walsh (left) and Claire Nesus (right). Photo: Stewart Marsden, SunPrints


Congratulations to NZSN’s former Deputy Chair, Professor Janet Wilson, who was runner-up in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award, 2015.

Professor Wilson reached the finals of the award with two others and was recognised for her promotion of and contribution to New Zealand literature and also for promoting and co-ordinating research events for the New Zealand Studies Network. She was a key organizer behind some of the big NZSN events of 2013-14 including ‘Janet Frame Ten Years On: A Colloquium’, the Festschrift for poet Fleur Adcock on her 80th birthday, and the ‘New Zealand in the First World War’ conference held on 3-4 July 2014.

Professor Wilson is Director of Research in the School of Arts at the University of Northampton where she is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies.  She has a D.Phil from Oxford (St Catherine’s College), an MA in Medieval English from the University of Sydney and an MA in English from Victoria University of Wellington. From 1988 to 1998 she taught at the University of Otago and was Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford from 2008 to 2009 and then an Associate Fellow until 2011. She was a Visiting Fellow in New Zealand Studies at Birkbeck, University of London from 2011 to 2014, helping convene and coordinate New Zealand-related research events at Birkbeck.  In 2014 she became Patron to the New Zealand Studies Network and is also Vice-Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society.

Janet Wilson with fellow finalist Clint Heine and New Zealand Society President, Tania Bearsley. Photo: Stewart Marsden, SunPrints

Janet Wilson with fellow finalist Clint Heine and New Zealand Society President, Tania Bearsley. Photo: Stewart Marsden, SunPrints

‘I was very pleased to be short-listed for the award’, said Professor Wilson, ‘as it draws attention to the efforts that I and the other committee members of the New Zealand Studies Network have made over the last few years to promote New Zealand studies in the UK.’

The award this year was won by Katherine Corich for her contributions to New Zealand business, community and fundraising causes and was presented at the New Zealand Society’s Waitangi Day Charity Ball in the Ballroom of the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly on 6 February.

Among Professor Wilson’s recent publications are:

2015 (Feb.) Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51.1, Special Issue, Postcolonial Thresholds: Gateways and Borders, eds Janet Wilson and Daria Tunca

2013 Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial, ed. Janet Wilson, Gerri Kimber, Delia da Sousa, Katherine Mansfield Studies, 5. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, ‘Introduction’, pp. 1-14.

2010 ‘Introduction’, Frank Sargeson’s Stories, Auckland: Cape Catley Ltd

2007  The Gorse Blooms Pale: The Southland Stories of Dan Davin (ed.), Dunedin: Otago University Press

2005 Fleur Adcock, Monograph for Writers and Their Works series, Northcote House Publishers with the British Council