PM’s literary awards for Cowley, McQueen & McNeish


Joy Cowley, Cilla McQueen and James McNeish received the annual Prime Minister’s Award for Literay Acheivement tonight.

Each receive $60,000 in recognition of their contribution to New Zealand literature.

Minister for Arts and Culture Christopher Finlayson, presenting the awards at Premier House on behalf of the Prime Minister, said the awards rewarded excellence and helped raise the profile of New Zealand writers.

These awards aren’t for a particular work, they recognise significant contribution to New Zealand literature over many years.

Previous winners are:

•Fiction: Janet Frame (2003), Maurice Gee (2004), Margaret Mahy (2005), Patricia Grace (2006), Fiona Farrell (2007), Lloyd Jones (2008), CK Stead (2009)

•Poetry: Hone Tuwhare (2003), Kevin Ireland (2004), Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (2005), Vincent O’Sullivan (2006), Bill Manhire (2007), Elizabeth Smithers (2008), Brian Turner (2009)

•Non-fiction: Michael King (2003), Anne Salmond (2004), Philip Temple (2005), Judith Binney (2006), Dick Scott (2007), WH (Bill) Oliver (2008), Dr Ranganui Walker (2009).

If you’re looking for some Labour Weekend reading I can recommend Cowley’s just-published memoir, Navigation.


Tuesday’s answers


Monday’s questions were:

1. What is a contradictanym?

2. What do nota, hauta, rawhiti and rato  mean?

3. Apples and pears, battle cruiser, Gregory Peck and Rosie Lea are Cockney rhyming slang for what?

4. Who is the current New Zealand Poet Laureatte?

5. What does percuss  mean?

Andrei got three right and earned a bonus for being the only one who could name our Poet Laureatte.

Gravedodger got 2 3/4 (though I suppose Gregory Peck could be neck).

David got four and a bonus for extra information which makes him the winner and earns him an electronic bunch of flowers.

PDM got one for deduction.

Richard gets a bonus for reminding me what a gem Shott’s Original Miscellany is.

UPDATE: Samo, whose comment got lost in the Spam file – got 2 3/4.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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