Farr, Jan

Farr, Jan

In Brief

Jan Farr is an author of plays, poems, stories and picture books for children. Born in Hokitika, Farr has lived all around New Zealand, and has worked as a secretary, reviewer, publicist and editor. Many of her picture books have been illustrated by Pamela Allen, and she has had various short stories published in key New Zealand anthologies. Farr has also published several stories in the School Journal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Farr, Jan (1940 –) writes plays, poems, stories and picture books for children.

Born in Hokitika, Farr has lived all around New Zealand. She has worked as a secretary, reviewer, publicist and editor, and attended Bill Manhire's creative writing course in 1996.

Farr says about her writing: ‘I started off writing plays (stage, radio and TV) for children and adults and I still like to write dialogue. Now I try to fill in the bits in between the dialogue. Characters are important to my stories — particularly if they are a little quirky.’

Her publications, including plays, children's books, and short stories:
There Was a Bang Wasn’t There Rabbit? (1967); Look at Mikey (1968); Broken Horizons (1968); A Pinch and a Punch (1968); Tiki and Things that Go Bump (1970); Tom Tom and the Happy Army (1970); Super Peg (1970); The Sun Rises in the West (1970); Mummy, Do Monsters Clean Their Teeth?, illustrated by Pamela Allen (1970); Gemini Man (1970); I’ll Never Forget What I Did For Alice (1970); Mummy, How Cold is a Witch’s Nose, illustrated by Pamela Allen (1973); Big Sloppy Dinosaur Socks, illustrated by Pamela Allen (1974); Mummy, are Giants Too Big for Their Boots?, illustrated by Pamela Allen (1975);‘Vampire Dances’ in 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories, ed. Graeme Lay (1997); ‘Ever After’ in Another 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories,ed. Graeme Lay (1998); ‘Fanny’s Stories’ in 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories 4, ed. Graeme Lay (2000); ‘The Outcome’, Home : New Short Stories by New Zealand writers. ed. Graeme Lay (2005).

Farr has also had several stories published in the School Journal.

She lives in the Wairarapa.

WRITERS IN SCHOOLS INFORMATION

Farr is available to visit primary schools as part of the Writers in Schools programme. She can also speak to students up to 18 years. She is prepared to discuss being a picture book writer, a novelist and adult fiction writer, as well as a scriptwriter/playwright. She would prefer to limit class sizes to around 15 students, with a maximum of 35. She is able to travel within the Wairarapa.

Updated January 2017.