BROWN, Bernard

1934 - ?

Bernard Brown

Bernard J. Brown was born at Hadleigh, Suffolk in 1934, his mother's maiden name was Wilson. About 1940 his parents sent young Bernard to the East Anglian School of Painting & Drawing at Benton End, Hadleigh, where his contemporaries included Maggi Hambling and Lucian Freud. Bernard won a BBC Children's Half Hour self-portrait exhibition with 'The Picture of Dorian Brown' and about 1952 two of his paintings were finalist in the 'Sunday Pictorial' schools contest. Bernard studied at Leeds University 1952-1956, where he also began writing and was on the editorial board of 'Gryphon', the university’s literary journal. During the 1956 Suez Crisis, he was called up and served in the RAF, stationed in Singapore and after undertaking a short service commission, was awarded the Sword of Honour as top of his intake. Following national service, Bernard remained in Singapore, lecturing part-time in Malay Customary Law at the University of Malaya, later becoming a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Law. In 1961, Bernard moved to New Zealand, joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland and later became an Associate Professor of Law at the university, where he taught part-time. He also spent three years as Foundation fellow on Papua New Guinea Law at the Australian National University in Canberra and made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He regularly returned to Hadleigh where his mother lived. He has published four volumes of poems 'Up to Nowadays' (1972), 'Victims and Traders' (1980), 'Surprising the Slug' (1996) and 'Unspeakable Practices: Parables of Rumbling Disgust in Verse, Stories and Sketches' (2001)', two of which he illustrated. Bernard was awarded Life Membership of the New Zealand Society of Authors in 2010.

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