Winners of the 2016 Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition

The winners of the 2016 Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on Saturday 23 October in Christchurch. Entries to what must be New Zealand’s fastest growing heritage writing competition came from across the country, with many of the shortlisted authors attending the event which took place at Christchurch Library South, Colombo Street. MC’d by Amy Paulusson, the Chair of the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Canterbury Branch, the judges spoke about the impressive number of entries received and the stunning quality of the work submitted.
 
The winners are:
Non-Fiction Book Award – Jock Phillips for To the Memory: New Zealand’s War Memorial published by Potton and Burton. Judge Chris Moore said “As the culimation of 30 years’ research, this book is obviously a labour of love for an author confronted by more than 100 years of NZ’s military, social and cultural history. Lucid, informative and eminently readable, this is also a timely book, one which coincides with the continuing remembrance of WW1. Beautifully illustrated, it reflects the highest production standards. This is a book for every New Zealander, one which sets a high benchmark for non-fiction publications. 
 
Fiction Book Award - Dame Fiona Kidman for All Day at the Movies, published by Vintage. Judge Coral Atkinson said that the novel "illuminates New Zealand's immediate past and how one family has experienced these years. (It) reflects important aspects of our heritage. (A) worthy prizewinner of this competition. Congratulations to Fiona and thank you for this lovely book."
 
Short Prose – Anne Else for Finders Keepers. Judge Carl Nixon.
 
Poetry – Sommer Cullingford for Canterbury Melt
 
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