A Search for Tradition & A Search for a Language
Published June 2011
Unsurprisingly, Douglas Lilburn doesnt date his ideas are
as fresh and pertinent now as when he wrote these lectures.
And he knows that audiences matter as much as writers,
artists and musicians. He is especially good on heritage and
future, on the need for wonder and imaginative awe, and on
the sheer hard work involved when artists decide to speak
for themselves. He is also alert to the tricky negotiations
New Zealanders need to manage between the local and
the global. Above all, he shows us not only how to stand
upright, but also how to dance around a little.
From across a lifetime, Douglas Lilburn speaks that unpala-
table but illuminating truth that, if we are to be comfortable
in our cultural skins, we must grow them for ourselves and
nobody other than us can truly celebrate in them.