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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lydia Wevers awarded prestigious medal

From the DomPost

Kiwi writers are producing more work than ever before, in defiance of dire warnings about the future of the book-publishing industry.
That is the message from literature researcher Lydia Wevers, who was awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand medal last night for her career-long promotion of the study of literature, history and culture.
"In the world of New Zealand fiction writing, there's just a lot more of it than there used to be," said Wevers, a professor at Victoria University. "That's partly due to writing courses. Lots of people come and do MAs and PhDs and produce novels and other things. I think there's a much more energetic culture of writing."
Wevers said another boon for the writing scene was Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize win last year.
"Every time we win the Booker Prize - all two times we've won it - it really gives us an international profile and it means that people are more likely to have a crack at reading something from New Zealand. That's been fantastic."
Her fascination with literature is that it offers a rare glimpse into the inner minds of Kiwi societies, both now and in the past.
Her nomination alone, as well as the win, was a delight, she said. "I was sort of thrilled and gobsmacked."

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