Information

Awards

  • New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Award in History, 2009
  • Writer’s Award, CLL New Zealand, 2006
  • Arts Development Grant for Literature, Arts Council of New Zealand, 1997
  • Travel Grant, Foreign Ministry, Federal Republic of Germany, 1997
  • Arts Excellence Award, Trust Bank Canterbury Trust, New Zealand, 1996
  • Writing Grant for Fiction, Arts Council of New Zealand, 1994
  • Scholarship in Letters, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, 1991
  • Writing Grant for Fiction, Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, 1990
  • South East Asia and South Pacific Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1988
  • Second Prize, Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Award, 1988
  • Grant for Non-fiction, New Zealand Literary Fund, 1985
  • AW Reed Memorial Book Award, 1984
  • Writing Grants for Fiction, New Zealand Literary Fund, 1982 and 1983
  • General Writing Grant for Fiction, Literature Board of Australia Council, 1978

 Academic Qualifications 

  • PhD, Australian National University, 1978
  • Honorary Fellow in Writing, University of Iowa, 1992
  • Writing Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington, 1986
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Canterbury, 1981
  • MA 1st Class Honours, University of Canterbury, 1975
  • BA, University of Canterbury, 1973
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), 2001