Tuesday, October 27, 2009

BNZ Katherine Mansfield Awards 2009

BNZ Katherine Mansfield Awards 2009

Monday 5 October saw the annual BNZ Katherine Mansfield Awards commence at our new Harbour Quays building in Wellington. The evening was a great success with the winners of the Premier, Novice and Youth categories announced.
The 2009 winners are...
Youth Winner
Emma Robinson
Skipped the Censor
Novice Winner
Karen Phillips
The Visit
Premier Winner
Alice Miller
The Windmill

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Son of a Good Keen Man" - Martin Crump's Visit

Over 75 people turned up to hear "A Son of a Good Keen Man" Martin Crump speak on Sunday 18th October.
Martin was at the Library to talk about the book "A Good Keen Man" written by his father Barry Crump, which celebrates its 50 year of release next year.
The book which has just been re-published co-incides with a New Zealand wide tour taking place in Library's and Bookshops and turned out to be a very popular event in Timaru.
The crowd was both entertained with stories and humour of Barry's life and his writing as well as intrigued by the "skeleton's in the closet". 

Barry Crump
(Born May 15th 1935 - died July 3rd 1996)

In 1959 he began writing humorous sketches of life as a government deer-culler and pig hunter, publishing these as a Good Keen Man in 1960.By 1992 his New Zealand book sales were estimated at more than a million copies.
As well as a best selling author, Crump has been an actor, TV personality,Poet,radio commentator, man of leisure,traveller,goldminer,photographer and more.A successful 12 year association with Toyota brought a series of award winning advertisements that catapulted Crump into living rooms around country with his laconic blokey style. 
Crump wrote 24 books in his lifetime, was married 5 times and had 6 children, all sons.
In the 1990's Crump was awarded an MBE and OBE for services to literature, something he was quietly proud of and reckoned they'd be hardcase pinned to his swandri.
He was listed in the who's who as having no fixed abode, and regarded himself as a world citizen.
He insisted, that he always will be, a Kiwi bushman.