Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Featherston Booktown and other news


Featherston Booktown – a three-day celebration of books, writers and literature – is returning to the Wairarapa town for the second time from May 20-22.

Joy Cowley, who lives in Featherston and composer Gareth Farr have joined together to put rhythm into Joy's book, Scary Music.

Please Google Featherston Booktown for all the details – it should be a very special few days .

Photo of Joy in her Featherston home taken by Maarten Holl/ Fairfax Media

An author virtually unknown in this country has won $50,000 at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Stephen Daisley — originally from Raetihi but a longtime resident of Western Australia — is the surprise winner of the fiction category with his second novel, Coming Rain. He faced serious competition from Patricia Grace, Patrick Evans and newcomer David Coventry.

The prestige of winning the country's top literary honour is capped by the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Literary Prize, which will buy Daisley some time to dedicate to his next book. 

Other awards, each accompanied by $10,000 prizes, went to Witi Ihimaera for his memoir Maori Boy

Witi at the Edinburgh Festival 2014 - photogapher unknown

David Eggleton for his poetry collection The Conch Trumpet, and Tangata Whenua authors Aroha HarrisAtholl Anderson and the late Judith Binney.

Acknowledgements: I copied this word for word from STUFF


I saw on Facebook this morning that another National Treasure (see Dave Gunson’s book posted earlier), Kate Harcourt, is in hospital following a heart attack.  That she is loved and known by so many people is shown by the amazingly astronomical number of hits and likes this piece of news has already collected. 

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