Thursday June 1, 2017
Writers win big at book awards By Emma McAuliffe
Writers won big at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in Auckland last week. Newtown poet Hera Lindsay Bird and Brooklyn writers Ashleigh Young and Andrew Johnston all came away with top prizes. Hera won Best First Poetry for her debut book Hera Lindsay Bird, Ashleigh won Best NonFiction for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? and Andrew won Best Poetry for Fits and Starts. Hera also won the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize last week. She was surprised and pleased with the wins. “[The Sarah Broom Poetry prize] is a really amazing poetry competition set up by Sarah Broom’s family. “It’s great getting an award with such a sense of community around it,” she said. Hera was so surprised she did not prepare an acceptance speech. “I didn’t prepare one because I didn’t think I would win.
“I didn’t have any idea , there’s nothing you can do.” Ashleigh, who won the Windham-Campbell Prize earlier this year for Can You Tolerate This?, was also surprised by her win. “It’s amazing. We weren’t expecting to do as well as we did. “I had not been expecting to win at all. “There are usually a couple of books shortlisted in the nonfiction section that are a little more leftfield but they never win. It’s really affirming to be awarded,” she said. “I’m hoping to use some of the prize money to take some time off work next year and just write uninterrupted. “I’ve been so busy going to festivals I’d like to go somewhere with my partner and take on a little writing residency,” Hera said of her win. “I want to finish work on my new poetry book. “I also really want to read. It’s really wonderful to hear writers but I just want to be able to read without feeling the pressure to comment on everything,” Ashleigh added.
Celebrate the spirit of the black jersey New Zealand’s unparalleled legacy of success on the rugby field is being explored in a new exhibition at Te Papa opening on June 2. Rugby Legends: The Spirit of the Black Jersey tells the stories of Kiwi rugby greats in an exhibition including rugby jerseys worn by players from some of New Zealand’s most notable teams, including the World Cup winning All Blacks, Black Ferns and 1905 Originals and trophies currently held by New Zealand teams.
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Visit the historic World War Two Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Self guided tours. Lots of fun for the family. Bush walks, panoramic views. From Karori Rd, turn left into Campbell St, to Wrights Hill Rd. Follow the signs. Plenty of free car parking. Bring a torch with you!
Hera Lindsay Bird was a winner at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. PHOTO: Supplied.
The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are New Zealand’s premier literary honours for works written by New Zealanders and are supported
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