Central Otago poet Brian Turner is one of three recipients of the 2009 Prme Minister’s Literary Achievement Awards.
The other two awards went to C. K. Stead for fiction writing and Dr Ranginui Walker for nonfiction.
Although he is probably best known for his poetry, and was the 2003 Te Mata Estate poet Laureate, he is also a much-published essayist and biographer.
Many of his poems are set in or about the South Island, particularly Central Otago. Many are also philosophical, like Home Hills Road, from his most recent collection Taking Off. It finishes:
Let art do us more good than harm/is my prayer for those who would apprehend/and make it staunch, a lifelong friend.