12 Jul 2015

The Book Awards return and The Shadbolt Residency begins

From Standing Room Only, 2:40 pm on 12 July 2015

New Zealand's writers were relieved to find out during the week that the New Zealand Book Awards have been resurrected thanks to an anonymous donation. There's more good news: writer Maurice Shadbolt's old home in Titirangi is to become the country's newest writer’s residency. The author of Season of the Jew - the first of The New Zealand Wars trilogy, and The Lovelock Version had four wives and no shortage of lovers during his lifetime, 40 years of which he spent at this house. The Shadbolt Residency has been years in the making. Naomi McCleary, who chairs the Going West Trust in partnership with Waitakere Local Community Board, says the house, while not flash, will offer writers plenty of material.