Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Celebration of New Zealand Non-fiction
Next Thursday – 1 September – the winners of the 2011 CLL Writers’ Awards will be announced in Auckland. The 10th anniversary of the CLL Writers’ Awards sees five very different projects vying for the two $35,000 prizes.
The five projects and their authors are:
Mountain Feeling : The Lives of Climbers and Other Stories
Dr Lee Davidson proposes to blend history, biography and narrative into a book on both mountaineering
and mountaineers. It will appeal to a wide audience and showcase New Zealand mountaineers in a new
Ka Mau Te Wehi : May the Force Be With You
Bradford Haami’s biography of Kapa Haka leader Bub Wehi will bring to life the wider Maori cultural
history, illuminating both the life of an inspirational leader and the development of a movement that
crosses cultural boundaries.
Dick Henry and the Birds
A timely look at the life of Richard Henry that takes into account a contemporary knowledge of
conservation. Janet Hunt is a writer with a proven track record and a strong understanding of conservation
that will ensure this book is relevant and engaging.
The 1930’s Depression in New Zealand
The depth of research into previously untapped resources promises a fresh look at a defining period in New
Zealand’s history. Malcolm McKinnon’s proposal is both refreshing and fascinating.
Maori Urban Migrations from North Hokianga to Auckland 1930 – 1970
An intriguing look at the urbanisation of one iwi from Hokianga and the issues of their migration to central
Auckland. Melissa Williams promises a colourful, cultural history.
Iain Sharpe will MC the awards which are financed from copyright licensing revenue received by CLL from New Zealand institutions on behalf of authors and publishers. They enable New Zealand writers to devote time to specific non-fiction projects. Two research grants, provided in conjunction with the NZ Society of Authors and the Stout Research Centre, will also be awarded at the event on 1 September.