Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:52am
Warmest congratulations to David Eggleton, whose book The Conch Trumpet has won the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for poetry. The awards were presented on Tuesday 10 May as part of the Auckland Writers Festival, at a ceremony MC-ed by author and comedian Michelle A'Court.
The judges of the poetry category – Elizabeth Caffin, Paul Millar and Selina Tusitala Marsh – said 'The choice of David Eggleton’s The Conch Trumpet is in part a tribute to decades of resounding poetry with a distinctive Pacific voice and vision. Eggleton’s extraordinary fluency and energy is unquenched in this substantial collection. Always vigorous and fluent, he evokes in song and incantation the ancient, the deep, the unspoken forces of myth and memory in Aotearoa.'
You can read the full report, as well as the list of winners in all categories, here. David will also be appearing alongside the winners of the other three categories at another AWF event, 'The Winners' Podium', on Friday 13 May.