12 Dec 2023

Acclaimed playwright and novelist Renée dies aged 94

From Morning Report, 8:53 am on 12 December 2023

Acclaimed playwright and novelist, Renée, died last night in Wellington. She was 94.

Renée wrote ten books of fiction and a memoir, more than twenty plays, and numerous short stories and essays.

Her best known play was Wednesday To Come, about the women in a working-class family coping in the Depression.  It was first performed at Downstage in Wellington in 1984. 

This is an extract from Renee's 2021 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura lecture, where she talks about her love of stories and how her mother, Rose, was right all along. 

Renée's publisher Mary McCallum spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.