President of Honour 2019 /20 – David Hill
The NZSA is delighted to announce that David Hill is their 2019-2020 President of Honour. This prestigious position is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand.
Photo Credit: Robert Cross (VUW)
Some of my titles include See Ya, Simon (winner of a Times Educational Supplement Award in the UK and The Gaelyn Gordon Award in NZ); Coming Back (Le Prix D’Adolire in France and a White Ravens book); Right Where it Hurts (a White Ravens book, and The Esther Glen Medal for Children’s Book of the Year in NZ); Take It Easy (a Kirkus Notable Book Award in the USA; also winner of a Significant Book Award in Slovenia). A number of my other novels have been short-listed for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.
Recent titles include a picture book, The Red Poppy (Scholastic NZ 2011: published in NZ, Australia, Canada); and the early teenage novels Sinking (Scholastic NZ 2013: published in NZ and Australia); My Brother’s War (Penguin NZ 2012: Published in NZ, Australia, the UK, Slovenia: Winner of the Junior Fiction Award and Children’s Choice Award, NZ Post Book Awards; also Librarians’ Choice Award from the NZ Librarians’ Assn. Winner of Significant Book Award in Slovenia; White Ravens Award from the International Bureau of Books for Young Adults); Brave Company (Penguin NZ 2013, a Storylines Notable Children’s Book Award in NZ); First to the Top: the Edmund Hillary Story (Storylines Notable Book Award; Children’s Choice Award, 2016). Enemy Camp, (Penguin Random 2016 Storylines Notable Book and Children’s Book Awards Finalist); Flight Path (Penguin Random 2017); Sky High: The Jean Batten Story (Penguin Random 2017; Children’s Book Award Finalist); So Special (Duck Creek Press / NZDF, 2017); Finding (Penguin Random 2018); Peter Blake, Hero of the Sea (Penguin Random, 2018); Joan Wiffen: Dinosaur Hunter (forthcoming from Penguin Random NZ).
My short stories, plays, and rather dreadful verse have been published in / on The School Journal (NZ), Radio NZ, the BBC; Cricket and Highlights (both US); NSW School Magazines (Australia); Caterpillar (Ireland); Owl (Canada), A number of these works have also appeared in anthologies in the US, UK, Australia and NZ.
I also write for adult readers. Short stories and plays have appeared in / on Radio NZ, The Listener, Takahe, Landfall, Bravado, and in several anthologies. I write book reviews, attempted satire and occasional feature work for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
In 2005, I received the Margaret Mahy Medal, for services to children’s literature. The previous year, I was awarded an MNZM for Services to Literature. Along with Elizabeth Smither, who received the same award for doing the same thing far better, I went out afterwards and we ate rather a lot.
Janet Frame Memorial Lecture
The President of Honour delivers the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture. The aim of the lecture is to deliver a ‘state of the nation’ address for literature and writing in New Zealand. More