Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Ockham NZ Book Awards – General non-fiction shortlist picks poetry!

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Wow! I am so chuffed Wild Honey is on this list! I am still reeling Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book is not on the fiction list because that book just blew my socks off it is so astonishing. After a bite of sleep I am a weird mix of sad glad reader writer. But crikey I am feeling very moved. And very soon I will do a happy dance (and it rained last night so our water tank will join in).

Full Ockham NZ Book Award list here

I am posting a feature on the Poetry shortlist this morning.

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Auē, by Becky Manawatu (Mākaro Press)

Pearly Gates, by Owen Marshall (Vintage, Penguin Random House)

A Mistake, by Carl Shuker (Victoria University Press)

Halibut on the Moon, by David Vann (Text Publishing)



Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in New Zealand and the Wider Moana Oceania, edited by Karl Chitham, Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai, Damian Skinner (Te Papa Press)

Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance, edited by Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams, Puawai Cairns (Te Papa Press)

We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa, by Chris McDowall and Tim Denee (Massey University Press)

McCahon Country, by Justin Paton (Penguin Random House)



Dead People I Have Known, by Shayne Carter (Victoria University Press)

Shirley Smith: An Examined Life, by Sarah Gaitanos (Victoria University Press)

Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry, by Paula Green (Massey University Press)

Towards the Mountain: A Story of Grief and Hope Forty Years on from Erebus, by Sarah Myles (Allen & Unwin)



Moth Hour, by Anne Kennedy (Auckland University Press)

How to Live, by Helen Rickerby (Auckland University Press)

Lay Studies, by Steven Toussaint (Victoria University Press)

How I Get Ready, by Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press)


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