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Living the Dream - Karyn Hay on New Zealand Music: Lilburn Lecture 2020

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The reality of life in New Zealand for musicians and songwriters is highlighted at the National Library next week.

Author and broadcaster Karyn Hay, ONZM will give the annual Lilburn Lecture for 2020 at the National Library of New Zealand on Monday 2 November.

Reflecting on the recent acquisition of Flying Nun Records collection into the Archive of New Zealand Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Hay will focus on the challenges for an entire generation of New Zealand musicians and songwriters. The lecture will include performances by acclaimed musicians Don McGlashan and Shayne P. Carter.

Karyn Hay is a New Zealand author, broadcaster and reputedly the country’s first female Rock DJ. Receiving national fame as the presenter of 1980s music TV show Radio with Pictures, she established an extensive career in television and radio. Hay’s debut novel Emerald Budgies won Best First Book Awards in the New Zealand Book Awards, 2001. She has since published two more novels and currently works as a presenter on Radio New Zealand.

"I hope to give some insight into an area not many of us get to see, and that’s backstage. I mean that in a figurative sense, to try and explore the mind of the artist. If you decide to pursue a career in music where does that take you? It’s also a celebration of the National Library expanding its archive of New Zealand rock and pop music, so it’s an honour to be asked to do it." says Hay. The Lilburn Lecture is an annual collaboration that started in 2013 between the Lilburn Trust, established by composer Douglas Lilburn, and the Alexander Turnbull Library. The lectures provide a platform for speakers to present new ideas about and perspectives on New Zealand music.

"We are delighted to host Karyn Hay’s Lilburn Lecture in the centenary year of the Turnbull Library opening" says Dr Michael Brown, Curator of Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library. "The Lecture theme of how musicians sustain their careers is highly topical given recent events. It also resonates with the Library’s ongoing work to preserve New Zealand music heritage."

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