Author excited about award win

21:52, Jun 24 2014

Authors with links to Marlborough are among the winners in this year's New Zealand Post Awards for Childrens and Young Adults.

The awards were presented on Monday night in Auckland and Blenheim author Karen Healey took away the Children's Choice award for young adult fiction with her book When We Wake.

Healey, an English teacher at Marlborough Girls' College, said it was an exciting win, showing her book had pleased the age group she wanted it to reach.

Marlborough Living Treasure Joy Cowley won the junior fiction award for her book, Dunger and Donovan Bixley, who illustrated the Children's Choice award-winning picture book The Three Bears . . . Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison, is exhibiting his works from that and other books he has illustrated at the Millennium Art Gallery in Blenheim.

Other winners were:

Book of the Year and best picture book: The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka,


Best non-fiction: The Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson.

Best young adult fiction: Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox.

Best first book: A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman.

Honour award: Bugs by Whiti Hereaka, .

Maori Language award: Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin).

Bixley's work is displayed in a Serious Fun exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Blenheim and on Wednesday, July 9, he will be there to take a school holiday programme.

Both Knox and Healey will be among the guest authors speaking at the Marlborough Book Festival in Blenheim on July 26 and 27.

The Marlborough Express