BROWN, Bernard J

1934 - ?

Bernard Brown

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 at Benton End, Hadleigh, where one of his contemporaries was Maggi Hambling [q.v.]. 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. He studied at Leeds University from 1952-56, where he also began writing and was on the editorial board of 'Gryphon', the universitys literary journal. During the 1956 Suez Crisis he was called up and served in the RAF, stationed mainly in Singapore. After undertaking a short service commission he was awarded a Sword of Honour for coming top of his intake. Following his national service Bernard remained in Singapore, lecturing part-time in Malay Customary Law at the University of Malaya, then 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. He 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. Made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and regularly returned to Hadleigh where he 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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