No wonder Jack Lasenby is smiling at me! He has just received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (fiction) presented at Premier House in Tinakori Road, Wellington last night.
It was a real privilege to be at this glittery, good humoured affair and to see the other recipients Jock Phillips (non-fiction) and Ian Wedde (poetry) receive their awards. The Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement, worth $60,000 to the three winners, is given not just for a particular title but for a writing life of outstanding contributions to New Zealand literature.
And to make it an unforgettable night for NZ children’s and young adult literature, Elizabeth Knox received the 2014 Michael King Fellowship worth $100,00