Joanne Drayton, who has been awarded a Logan Nonfiction Fellowship for 2017 at the Carey Institute for Global Good in New York state.
The Logan Nonfiction Program supports nonfiction reporters, writers and documentarians working on such important social, political, health, environmental, human rights and justice topics. It seeks to address the public’s need for longform nonfiction to inform the policy debate essential to democracy.
Joanne is a research associate at the University of Auckland and an English teacher at Avondale College. She will use her residency at the Institute to work on her book Hudson and Halls: Inseparable, to be published by Otago University Press in 2018:
This book is more than just a love story, though a love story it certainly is. For New Zealanders, it is a tale of two men who changed the bedrock bad attitudes of a nation to that unspoken thing — homosexuality — to two men living together, to domestic tantrums in a very public kitchen. It is the story of globalisation, of international cuisine coming to a culinary outpost, to the beginning of the Pacific-rich, Asian-styled cooking phenomenon, which would sweep the world and change eating habits globally. It is about the reach of television in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and its power to reshape mass thinking; and about the rise of the celebrity chef and of unlikely cooking duos such as the Two Fat Ladies and the Hairy Bikers. ... On stage in front of a camera, in life and in death, they were the inseparable Hudson and Halls duo that rewrote our recipes for life and love.