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Award-winning author Catherine Chidgey at Ngaruawahia Library


Award winning author Catherine Chidgey will be at Ngaruawahia Library on Thursday 7 December for a book chat session.

Catherine, a Ngaruawahia resident, has a long list of awards and honours for her books, including:

  • 1997 Adam Foundation Prize for In a Fishbone Church
  • 1998 Todd New Writer’s Bursary1998 Sargeson Fellowship
    1999 Betty Trask Award for In a Fishbone Church
  • 1999 Best First Book, Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South East Asia and Pacific Region) for In a Fishbone Church
  • 2001 Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship to Menton, France
  • 2002 Prize in Modern Letters
  • 2003 Writer in Residence, University of Canterbury
  • 2005-6 Robert Burns Fellow, University of Otago
  • 2008 Rathcoola Residency, County Cork, Ireland
  • 2009 Writer in Residence, University of Waikato
  • 2010 University of Otago Wallace Residency, The Pah Homestead, Auckland
  • 2012 New Zealand Society of Authors Beatson Fellowship
  • 2013 Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award for Reverse Living
  • 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for The Wish Child
  • 2017 Janet Frame Fiction Prize
As well as writing, Catherine juggles two jobs, event commitments and keeps busy with her toddler. She’s excited about supporting her local library and is looking forward to chatting to people about her books and her writing process.

The session will be held at 10.30am and everyone is welcome. There is no charge to attend.