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Lilburn biographer wins inaugural Fellowship

Media Release from the Alexander Turnbull Library
19 December, 2012

Lilburn biographer wins inaugural Fellowship

The inaugural Lilburn Research Fellowship has been awarded to Christchurch writer, composer and music publisher Philip Norman.

The Fellowship is a collaborative venture between the Lilburn Trust - established by composer Douglas Lilburn in 1984 - and the Alexander Turnbull Library. It will be awarded biennially. The Trust provides a grant of $70,000 and the Turnbull Library provides a base from which the Fellow can research collections, especially the Archive of New Zealand Music, which is housed in the Turnbull.

Philip Norman has been the recipient of many awards including a citation from the Composers Association of New Zealand, a New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal, and the Friends of the Turnbull Library inaugural Research Grant.

His biography, Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music, published in 2006 by Canterbury University Press, won the biography category of the 2007 Montana Book Awards.

During his year as the Lilburn Research Fellow, Philip Norman will be completing work on a book that will chart the course of New Zealand composition from the beginnings of European settlement through to the 21st century.

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