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Jennifer Lee Compton, New Zealand writer. Recipient AWGIE award Australian Writers' Guild, 1976, Katharine Mansfield & Bank New Zealand award, 1977, Robert Harris Poetry prize, 1995; New Zealand State Literary Fund grantee, 1977; fellow New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 1995.

Background

Compton, Jennifer Lee was born on October 12, 1949 in Wellington, New Zealand. Arrived in Australia, 1972. Daughter of William John Suter Maughan and Dorothy Mary (Lee) Compton.

Education

Student, Center Theatre Drama School, Auckland, New Zealand, 1969. Student, National Institute on Drug Abuse Playwrights' Studio, Sydney, Australia, 1974.

Career

Writer in residence University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, since 1980.

Achievements

  • After attending the NIDA Playwrights Studio, her play No Man's Land (later Crossfire) jointly won the Newcastle Playwriting Competition (with John Romeril's A Floating World) in 1974. This City was published by Otago University Press in July 2011 and won the Kathleen Grattan Award in New Zealand.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Knitting, horse riding, gardening.

Connections

Married Matthew John O'Sullivan, July 31, 1971. Children: Harvey, Alexandra.

father:
William John Suter Maughan Compton

mother:
Dorothy Mary (Lee) Compton

spouse:
Matthew John O'Sullivan

children:
Alexandra Compton

Harvey Compton