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Kate De Goldi

Kate_De__Goldi.jpgBorn in Christchurch but now living in Wellington, Kate De Goldi was already established as a poet and prize-winning short story writer (as Kate Flannery) before winning awards for her first young adult novel, The Sanctuary. Kate also reviews children’s books on radio, among many other activities (see list below for more details). Kate’s shorter fiction has been anthologised in many collections, for children, young adults and adults.
Kate’s versatility, creative use of language and reputation as a fine public speaker have earned her a special place among New Zealand writers. Her 2008 novel The 10 PM Question is regarded as a publishing phenomenon, a classic of New Zealand literature, winning the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards Book of the Year, and popular with both youth and adult audiences. It featured on the best-seller list for many months.

Selected bibliography:
  • Sanctuary (Penguin 1996).
  • Love, Charlie Mike (Penguin 1997).
  • Closed, Stranger (Penguin 1999).
  • Clubs: A Lolly Leopold Story illustrated by Jacqui Colley (Trapeze 2004).
  • Uncle Jack illustrated by Jacqui Colley (Trapeze 2005).
  • Billy: A Lolly Leopold Story illustrated by Jacqui Colley (Trapeze 2006).
  • Tricksters, Conjurors, Skydancers (Ministry of Education 2006).
  • The 10 PM Question (Longacre 2008).
  • The ACB with Honora Lee drawings by Gregory O’Brien (Longacre 2012).
  • American Express Short Story Award 1988.
  • Queen Elizabeth Arts Council Project Grant 1989.
  • QE II Project Grant 1990.
  • BNZ/Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award 1991.
  • Canterbury University Writing Fellowship 1994.
  • Creative New Zealand Project Grant 1996.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 1997 Young Adult Fiction Winner for Sanctuary.
  • Esther Glen Award 1997 Winner for Sanctuary.
  • Esther Glen Award 1998 Shortlist for Love, Charlie Mike.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2000 Young Adult Fiction Honour Book for Closed, Stranger.
  • Creative New Zealand Project Grant 2001.
  • Arts Foundation Laureate 2001.
  • Writer-in-Residence Woodford House, School for Girls, February 2003.
  • Susan Price Scholarship 2004.
  • Creative New Zealand Project Grant 2005.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2005 Picture Book Winner for Clubs.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2005 Book of the Year for Clubs.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Picture Books List for Clubs.
  • Writer-in-Residence, St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland, April 2006.
  • Esther Glen Award 2007 Shortlist for Billy.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Picture Books List for Billy.
  • Michael King Fellowship 2009. 
  • Writer-in-Residence, King’s College, Auckland, June 2009.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2009 Young Adult Fiction Winner for The 10 PM Question.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2009 Book of the Year for The 10 PM Question.
  • Esther Glen Award 2009 Shortlist for The 10 PM Question.
  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Fiction Runner-up for The 10 PM Question.
  • Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Readers Choice Winner for The 10 PM Question.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Young Adult Fiction List for The 10 PM Question.
  • INKY Awards 2009 Longlist for The 10 PM Question.
  • Writer-in-Residence, St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland, March 2010.
  • IBBY Honour List 2010 Authors for The 10 PM Question.
  • Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2011.
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2016 (Junior Fiction) for From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
Other activities:
  • Creative Writing tutor, New Zealand Book Council, Writers in Schools, 1994–
  • University of Canterbury, Summer School tutor, 1996/1997.
  • Radio reviewer, New Zealand Listener, 1996–1998.
  • Children's book reviewer, Radio New Zealand, Nine-to-Noon/Saturday programmes, 1998–
  • Convenor, Wellington Children's Book Association, 1998–2001.
  • Presenter, Bookenz, TVNZ, 1999 and 2000.
  • Contributing writer, The Big Chair, TV3, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
  • Fiona Kidman Creative Writing Summer School tutor 2000.
  • Member Advisory Committee, New Zealand Book Council, 2000–
  • Children's Writing Workshop, International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), Victoria University of Wellington, Establishment of course and tutor 2000–2006.
  • Writers and Readers Committee, NZ Arts Festival, 2001–
  • Editor, Booknotes, New Zealand Book Council, 2002–2006.
  • Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection Committee, 2002–2006.
  • Wellington Writers' Walk Committee, 2003–2005.
  • The Young Adult Novel Workshop, IIML, Establishment of course and tutor, 2003–2006.
  • Wanganui UCol Summer Writing School, 2003–2005.
  • Victoria University Continuing Education, Summer, Winter Creative Writing Schools, 2003–
  • Book reviewer, Good Morning, TVNZ, 2004–
  • Member, Arts Board, Creative New Zealand, 2006–2008.
  • Member, Bougainville Library Trust Board, 2009–
  • Contributing writer: NZ Film magazine; More magazine; North & South magazine; Grace magazine; NZ Books; New Zealand Listener; Landfall; Sport.
Other resources:

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Page checked and updated February 2013.


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