Lysaght-Watt Trust Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards Finalists
The wait is over! Finalists for the Lysaght-Watt Trust Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards have been announced.
151 entries have kept this year’s judges busy since the competition closed in August.
There are five categories in the Awards; the Secondary School Poetry and Short Story categories, the Open section Poetry, Short Story categories and the Secondary School Research Article category.
Research article judge Matt Rilkoff says this year’s entries made their influencers real.
“The entries this year all had different interpretations of success and that was just as it should be.”
Short Story judge Eileen Merriman says entries this year were highly entertaining and reflected South Taranaki life very well.
“Topics ranged from comedy while sheep shearing to murder at an A&P show, domestic abuse, ghostly visitations while out bush walking and a grisly accident in the bush.” She says.
Poetry judge Vaughan Rapatahana commented on the high quality of entries this year.
“I was very impressed by the quality of entries and found it quite difficult to separate the winners of each section.he says.
The Awards ceremony is being held on Thursday 21 October, when the winners will be announced. The event will be live streamed on the South Taranaki Facebook page for members of the public to tune in to.
The event this year will be invite only due to Covid-19 Level 2 guidelines.
Finalists (all categories)
- Anne Larcom
- Aria Brophy
- Bethany Gyde
- Bruce Finer
- Dave Lee
- Germana Lewis
- Jacob Taylor
- Jordan Dawson
- Kate Byrne
- Koren Miller
- Krishay Lal
- Lexi McQuaig
- Maakere Edwards
- Michaela Stoneman
- Mikaela Nyman
- Neo Hatcher
- Rolland McKellar
- Rosemary Joyce
- Samuel Salisbury
- Stuart Greenhill
- Thea Irys Lacanaria
- Willow Noir
The Awards, sponsored by the Lysaght Watt Trust, honour the work of one of New Zealand’s most preeminent authors, Ronald Hugh Morrieson (1922 – 1972). Morrieson wrote four novels: a coming of age tale The Scarecrow (1963), Came a Hot Friday (1964), Predicament (published in 1975) and his only contemporary novel Pallet on the Floor (1976). All have been adapted for the cinema, the only New Zealand writer to have acquired this achievement. Two short stories were published posthumously, in 1974; Cross My Heart and Cut My Throat and The Chimney.
Further information about the Judges can be found here: http://www.rhmorriesonawards.com/the-judges.html