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Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott author 2016-778Born in Auckland in1969, Matt was one of New Zealand's pioneering stand-up comedians before eventually settling into life as a full-time author. His first foray into writing for children was 'Young Horace and Oscar's Trick' which was produced by Prue Langbein and read by Ian Watkin for Radio New Zealand in 1996.
He has written best-selling and award-winning titles for adults and children and is regularly invited to talk to school groups about writing and being an author. Twenty thousand copies of stories he wrote for Alzheimer's Research UK have been distributed to schools, libraries and hospitals around the United Kingdom to help educate children about dementia.
Matt lives on Auckland's North Shore with his wife (a children's librarian) and young son.
Selected bibliography:
  • Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in WWI, illustrated by Chris Slane (HarperCollins, 2011)
  • Kieran Read: Tribute to a Great Eight (David Bateman 2015)
  • Grandad's Hat (Alzheimer's Research UK 2015)
  • When Grandma Came to Stay (Alzheimer's Research UK 2015)
Awards:
  • Book of the Year Award, NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2012 for Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in WWI
  • Non-fiction Award, NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2012 for Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in WWI
  • LIANZA Elsie Locke Medal 2012 for Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in WWI
  • Storylines Notable Books Award 2012 for Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in WWI
 
 

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