Timaru author honoured

WORDSMITH: Timaru author Owen Marshall
WORDSMITH: Timaru author Owen Marshall

Timaru author Owen Marshall has been recognised for outstanding literary achievements in the New Zealand Society of Authors' inaugural Waitangi Day honours list.

Born in the North Island town of Te Kuiti, he moved to Timaru when he was 12 years old and attended Timaru Boys' High School. He is one of four New Zealand writers to be named this year's NZSA Honorary Literary Fellows.

Marshall is one of New Zealand's finest writers of short stories. In 2013 he was awarded the Prime Minister's award for fiction and the Henderson House residency in Alexandra, Central Otago.

His 1999 novel Harlequin Rex won the 2000 Deutz Medal for Fiction at the Montana Book Awards.

Other authors honoured were short story writer Damien Wilkins, young adult author Ted Dawe and non-fiction and biography writer Martin Edmond.

The Waitangi Day honours list was established to celebrate and acknowledge literary success.

Each fellow will receive a specially commissioned certificate to mark the occasion.

The Timaru Herald