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Jon Gadsby was born in Derbyshire, England, and went to school in Invercargill when his family moved to New Zealand. He studied law at the University of Otago, leaving in his final year to work at Radio Otago. He entered television with David McPhail in the satirical A Week of It, before the pair went on to the successful and long-running McPhail and Gadsby.
Gadsby appeared in numerous television programmes, several films, and wrote more than 20 books, mainly for children. He wrote for The New Zealand Herald, Metro and The Listener, and performed corporate voicing. He was the founding editor of Christchurch magazine Avenues.
Goldfish is one of Gadsby’s numerous poems for children and is a defence of the goldfish as a pet - a ‘warm and bright and gold’ pet!
Suitable for school choirs
for Kotahi Voices (Westlake Girls High School) and conductor Fiona Wilson
Text by Jon Gadsby
12 Jun 2019: Performed by Kotahi Voices at Auckland Town Hall