Folk who read this blog probably think we spend all our time on the world wide web picking up minute pieces of information that we think (hope) might be of interest to the reading public, particularly of Rodney but perhaps elsewhere as well. Those that are actually familiar with life in the library will know that nothing could be further from the truth as we cram this part of our job in to a small corner of our day checking out/in books, mending, helping with inquiries, running storytimes and other programmes, and generally doing all the behind the scenes stuff that keeps the library going. If anyone is interested, one day we will post "a day in the life of your local librarian" so you can all get the general idea of what it is we actually do.
However, I digress (as usual). This post is actually a congratulations to one of our local short story writers Jacqui McRae, who I noticed on reading Beatties Book Blog is one of the finalists in the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers 2009.
The Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers started in 1995 and have provided a successful platform for emerging Māori writers. Past winners and finalists include renowned authors Paula Morris, James George and Kelly Ana Morey. They are run every two years by the Māori Literature Trust and Huia Publishers have announced the finalists for the awards. Thirty-two finalist short stories and novel extracts will be published in the collection Huia Short Stories 8, which is due out in September.
Apparently there has been a huge rise in the number of entries this year so well done Jacqui and best of luck at the Awards in September.