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August 13, 2017 posted by Dan Hills

AFTERGLOW: Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

AFTERGLOW: Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

The 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement were held on Wednesday 9th August and having had a night to celebrate their successes, Unity Books was very pleased to host the winners in store the following lunchtime. Kate De Goldi graciously chaired the round table discussion in front of a full house as Paula Green (winner for Poetry), Peter Simpson (winner for Non-fiction) and Witi Ihimaera (winner for Fiction) answered questions and read from their work.

In the wide-ranging converstion there was a consistent through-line recognizing the sheer wealth of high quality and culturally immersive New Zealand writing now available, something which each writer agreed was lacking during their formative years. Peter & Witi also discussed their shared love of music and how they would often bump into each other in Auckland record stores, whilst Paula spoke of her online poetry projects Poetry Box and Poetry Shelf, and her joy in getting children reading and writing poetry.

Kate De Goldi introduces Paula Green, Peter Simpson & Witi Ihimaera

Peter Simpson joins the audience before the event to talk about Bloomsbury South

Paula Green reads from New York Pocket Book

Witi Ihimaera reading from Black Marks on the White Page

Paula Green signing copies of her work for fans

Witi Ihimaera, signing

The Winners

Copies of the winner’s books can be purchased from Unity’s online bookshop below;

New York Pocket Book – Paula Green

Bloomsbury South – Peter Simpson

Black Marks on the White Page – Witi Ihimaera

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