Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Shortlist

08 March 2016


Congratulations to Chris Tse and Lynn Jenner!


We are excited to announce that books by two of our talented authors have been shortlisted in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 10 2016, held as the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival. 


Chris Tse’s first full-length collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, has been shortlisted in the Poetry category. This book, with bitter-sweet lyricism (Paula Green) revisits the Wellington murder of Cantonese goldminer Joe Kum Yung, and asks us to consider our collective responsibility to remember the dead and the injustices of our past.


Lost and Gone Away by Lynn Jenner is on the shortlist for General Non-Fiction. A four-part hybrid of memoir, essays, prose poems and poetry, this book is a shared meditation on distances of time and place, which ultimately focuses on the nearly unspeakable topic of the Holocaust as seen from the perspective of a late born New Zealander…. quite possibly one of the best recent books on the subject by a contemporary New Zealand writer (David Herkt, Sunday Star Times).


Press Director Sam Elworthy comments, ‘It’s a real thrill to see Chris’s first book of poetry and Lynn’s first book of nonfiction recognised in this year’s book awards. Both take risks, both experiment with ideas and language, and both welcome the reader into a big bold new world of the imagination. Well done to two very talented authors.’