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Janet Wilson is a New Zealander working at the University of Northampton in the UK, specializing in English language and postcolonial literature.
She is editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing and has been studying writing by expatriate New Zealanders, such as Davin's short stories.
Her current projects include a study of adaptation in New Zealand and Australian film and research on the New Zealand scholars working on disciplines associated with the early European past, who moved to UK universities in the 20th century.
She came to know Dan and Winnie Davin in the 1980s when a student at Oxford, and before she moved back to New Zealand as a lecturer at the University of Otago in 1988. Next year as a Visiting Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, she will undertake research on Davin's war stories and on the life and work of New Zealand scholars such as the Roman historian, Sir Ronald Syme and Kenneth Sisam, Secretary to the Clarendon Press until 1948, both of whom belonged to Oxford circles that Davin moved in.
Her study of the work of expatriate poet, Fleur Adcock for the Northcote House/British Council Writers and their Work series is due out later this year.
Janet is editor of The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin's Southland Stories (OUP, 2007)
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