The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards is a yearly event and it is put together to celebrate the literary talent that exists in the country. Illustrators and writers are awarded at the ceremony and the only rule is that the books in question have to be from New Zealand.
The books up for awards are judged based on several categories including poetry, fiction, illustrated non fiction and general nonfiction. An appealing $50,000 is put up as the prize each year. The winners of the competition is decided by a number of different judges who all excel in this particular field.
The 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards was a special one because it was actually the 50th birthday of the ceremony, with the winners more deserving than ever before. So let’s get into who walked away with the honour of winning, which is why I’m sure you are reading this.
Pip Adam got an award for her book ‘The New Animals’; this is such an interesting story that delves into the world of New Zealand as we know it today and a number of other important issues. The poetry award went to the talented Elizabeth Smither for the book ‘Night Horse’. Nothing is too deep here, the poems are humorous yet very clever and leave the audience feeling uplifted.
Kuni Kaa Jenkins and Alison Jones wrote an amazing book called ‘Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds’ and although it is non fiction, the encounters and experiences documented would have you thinking otherwise. Diana Wichtel documented her real life story in ‘Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father’ and did it so well that she proudly won an Ockham New Zealand Book Award.
Some other authors that were celebrated for their talents at the 2018 event included Annaleese Jochems, Hannah Mettner, Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood