2020’s Janet Frame House Author – Shortlisted for Ockham’s

Shayne Carter’s memoir is shortlisted for our most prestigious book awards –  New Zealand Ockham Book Awards 2020.

Shayne is also our writer in situ for our annual Janet Frame House Writers and Readers weekend.

That means, you have a chance to hear him speak this Saturday, right here in Oamaru at the Janet Frame House, 56 Eden Street during our annual picnic on the lawn.


Saturday 7th March | FREE Event | ALL WELCOME

1 – 3pm – Picnic on the Lawn
Bring a picnic and get comfortable on the lawn of Janet Frame’s childhood home.

1.15pm – 1.45pm – Writer’s Talk
Discover Shayne Carter, the man, the author and the inspiration.

2pm – 3pm – Local Writers’ Open Mic
Are you a writer? Do you know a writer? Here’s your chance to showcase your talent live on our open mic!

Reviews for “Dead People I Have Known”

“…frank, funny, exquisite……Shayne has given it his all as a musician, ripped out his heart, searched for the ecstatic, rocked hard – and has now done all those things as an author..”


“.. A compassionate, moving, dense, funny book. The chapters about his family, and growing up in stew-smelling Brockville, are breath-taking, New Zealand Gothic at it’s best..”

(The Spinoff)

“..An insider account from a watcher and a thinker right in the boiler room..a Venn diagram of insightful and often humorous personal revelation. The prose is sharp, in a singular, assured voice that vibrates with life and imagination.”
(Landfall Review)

“Dead People I Have Known is a work that grips in the way Carter’s best songs did. Like them, it’s full of noisy drama, unpredictable turns and bittersweet touches. Like many of them, it’s darkly brilliant.”

(NZ Listener)

“A sense of high stakes snakes and ladders helps give the book its exciting giddiness. Being able to write great songs is no guarantee of great prose but Carter assembles sentences with the same mix of precision and wild energy with which he makes music..”

(NZ Books)

“..An absolute ripper. Packed with insight, brimming with leads breaks, girls, barbs, juicy bon mots and lots of snark, it’s a wild roller ride..”

(NZ Herald)

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