Book to be star of writers' awards

19:12, Oct 02 2012

A book celebrating a quarter of a century of the best work from Taranaki writers will be launched at the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards this month.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the awards, the Gala Cocktail evening at Hawera LibraryPlus will also mark the release of Is there something in the water? 25 years of RHM stories.

This will be compilation of all the winning stories for the past 25 years.

The 2012 edition of the awards will also mark the first time that short stories and poem entries have been separated into their own categories.

There has been a big increase in entries overall. In 2011 the open combined section attracted 40 works and the secondary school section had 51 entries.

This year, there are 65 for open poetry and 34 for open short story.

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In the secondary school section there are 46 short-story entries and seven poetry offerings.

The awards, run by the South Taranaki District libraries, honour the life and work of the namesake Hawera author.

Morrieson's novels The Scarecrow, Came a Hot Friday, Predicament and Pallet on the Floor were made into films.

The 2012 award winners will be announced at the ceremony on October 26.

Taranaki Daily News