Honorary doctorate for Catton

21:45, Jan 29 2014
Eleanor Catton
ANOTHER ACCOLADE: Man Booker Prize winning author Eleanor Catton.

Award-winning Christchurch author Eleanor Catton is set to collect another accolade.

She will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature at Victoria University of Wellington's May graduation.

"We are extremely proud to count Eleanor among our illustrious alumni, and look forward to formally acknowledging her achievements with an honorary doctorate," Victoria University vice-chancellor Professor Pat Walsh said.

Catton, who now lives in Auckland, grew up in Christchurch where she went to Burnside High School.

Her literary talent was recognised early. In 2002, The Press acclaimed her "highly recommended" individual performance in that year's Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools.

She went on to study English and Latin at the University of Canterbury, graduating in 2005, and then sat honours in English before gaining a Master of Arts in creative writing with distinction from Victoria University.

She was awarded the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary, named one of Amazon's Rising Stars in 2009 and received the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2010.

She was awarded the Ursula Bethell Residency at the University of Canterbury in 2011.

Catton currently teaches creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Last year she received the prestigious Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries, as well as the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

She was also made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


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