His Excellency the Honourable Anand Satyanand, PCNZM, Governor-General of New Zealand.
His Excellency The Ambassador of France.
David Underwood (Chair) is a Wellington accountant who has had a long involvement with Downstage Theatre.
Dame Fiona Kidman DCNZM OBE is a Wellington writer. She has written 24 books, including the prizewinning novel The Captive Wife and her two-volume memoir At the End of Darwin Road (2008) and Beside the Dark Pool (2009). Fiona is a Trustee of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust, and the New Zealand Book Month Board, as well as being a President of Honour of the New Zealand Book Council. As a Katherine Mansfield fellow she lived in Menton, France, in 2006, and travelled the country with a contingent of New Zealand writers promoting New Zealand literature.
Vincent O’Sullivan is a leading author, poet, dramatist, and Katherine Mansfield scholar. He is also Emeritus Professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington. Vincent has won many awards for his fiction and his poetry: at the 1999 Montana NZ Book Awards, for example, his novel Believers to the Bright Coast was runner up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction while his poetry collection Seeing You Asked won Best Book of Poetry. Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1999-2008 gathers the best from his recent collections and includes forty four new poems. Vincent has also published a biography of John Mulgan, was joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Mansfield, and has edited a number of major anthologies.
Vincent O’Sullivan was the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France, in 1994. He was appointed Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Stout Research Centre in 1997.
Gordon Stewart is a professional company director and professional trustee. He is a trustee of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Trust, and the Randell Cottage Writers Trust. Gordon has lived in the Cook Islands, and in Menton, France, and maintains close contact with that country. blanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissueblanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissue
Beverley Randell Price, M.N.Z.M for services to children’s literature and education, is a Wellington writer and former joint owner of the Randell Cottage. blanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissueblanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissue
Susan Price is a Wellington writer and historian with extensive knowledge of local history and a keen collector of children’s literature. blanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissueblanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissue
Jo Thorpe is a Wellington poet and former Vice President of the New Zealand Poetry Society. blanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissblanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissueue
Jean Anderson is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington where she teaches French language and literature. She is a keen but occasional literary translator. blanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissueblanktextformattinblanktextformattingissuegissueblanktextformattingissue
Mary McCallum is a Wellington writer, reviewer, bookseller and creative writing tutor. She published her first novel The Blue (Penguin 2007) and was shortlisted for the Prize in Modern Letters. She was also awarded the Louis Johnson Bursary 2007 to work on her second novel, Precarious. Mary has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute in Modern Letters. Her immediate French connection is through a French Great Grandmother.
Sarah Dennis is a former career diplomat whose last posting was as New Zealand’s Ambassador to France from 2006-2010. She has had close involvement in New Zealand’s relations with France over many years through assignments in that country, including New Caledonia, and in Wellington. She is a member of the Board of the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and enjoys the opportunities she now has to encourage cultural and other exchanges between New Zealand and France.