Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Sri Lankan Doctor First in Asian Short Story Competition

Sri Lankan Doctor Takes First Prize in NZSA Asian Short Story Competition

The New Zealand Society of Authors (Pen NZ. Inc) is delighted to announce that first place, winning the Asia New Zealand Foundation Prize 2014, goes to Auckland based writer Himali McInnes.

Himali was born in Sri Lanka and moved to NZ as a teenager. She subsequently pursued a medical career and holds down a day job as an Auckland GP. Her prize-winning short story Your Place follows the fortunes of a grieving woman who overcomes her prejudices and was described by judging panel convenor Lee Murray as a truly beautiful story that clearly stood out.

Your Place is a beautiful, engaging provocative story on the themes of prejudice and forgiveness, it is a well-structured piece of writing, subtly-told and populated with rounded and believable characters.”

Also catching the judges’ attention were second place getter Michelle Kan for her story 20/46and third place getter Nanditha Prasad Ram for her story The Tree-wife.

This is the third time the NZSA has been able to offer a short story award designed to provide support for the development of the NZ Asian writing community but this year marks the first time they have partnered with the Asia NZ Foundation.

Himali will be reading a short excerpt from her story at NZSA Asian Short Story Awards Ceremony,which is part of the Auckland Lantern Festival 2014, where she will be presented with her prize along with second place getter Wellington writer Michelle Kan.

The NZSA in association with Asia New Zealand Foundation and Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development warmly offers an open invitation to attend the ceremony at the Auckland Art Gallery auditorium 5pm on February 15th – MC - Yee Yang “Square” Lee. Preceding the ceremony there are presentations from Nathan Gray and Sums Selvarajan sharing their experiences of traveling in China 3pm start.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Album Review And Rap Beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs. More>>

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition

The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>

ALSO:

Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story

They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women

Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015

The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>

ALSO:

Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news