Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 Winners Announced
Ockham Residential were delighted to join the NZ Book Awards and the Auckland Wrister’s Festival last night for the presentation of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Congratulations to all the winners, shown below – we are delighted to have been a part of this fantastic celebration of New Zealand literature again in 2017.
For the second year, the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards took pride of place as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival.
Auckland Writers Festival director, Anne O’Brien, says she is delighted to launch the six-day Festival with the country’s premier book awards.
“Hosting the awards is a demonstration of our commitment to local writers, and as the largest showcase of New Zealand literature in the world, we are thrilled with the opportunity to do so. More than 100 of the nation’s best writers take part in the Festival’s more than 170 events, including tonight’s winners. I encourage everyone to come along, have some fun and be inspired by the wealth of this country’s writing talent,” says Ms O’Brien.
The Poetry, Illustrated Non-Fiction and General Non-Fiction category winners each took home a $10,000 prize.
This year’s four category award winners will appear at a free event at the Auckland Writers Festival: The State We’re In on Friday 19 May at 5.30pm in the Heartland Festival Room, Aotea Square.
The winners were:
- Catherine Chidgey won the Fiction Award for her novel, The Wish Child (Victoria University Press).
- Andrew Johnston won the Poetry category for his collection Fits & Starts (Victoria University Press).
- Ashleigh Young (Wellington) took the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction for her collection of personal essays Can You Tolerate This? (Victoria University Press).
- Dunedin writer and historian Barbara Brookes won the Illustrated Non-Fiction category for her meticulously documented work A History of New Zealand Women (Bridget Williams Books).
Four authors won four Best First Book Awards at the event:
- The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction: Ngarino Ellis for A Whakapapa of Tradition: 100 Years of Ngāti Porou Carving, 1830-1930, with new photography by Natalie Robertson (Auckland University Press).
- The Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: Hera Lindsay Bird for Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press).
- The E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction: Adam Dudding for My Father’s Island: A Memoir (Victoria University Press).
- The Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction: Gina Cole for Black Ice Matter (Huia Publishers).
Each Best First Book Award winner received $2,500.