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Keri Hulme Bequest

The Keri Hulme Award

In August 2022, the original manuscript of the bone people was sold at auction and the proceeds of the sale have been gifted to the Māori Literature Trust. This generous koha will strengthen our mission to foster and promote Māori writers, whilst giving us an incredible opportunity to honour the legacy of the visionary Keri Hulme.

To acknowledge Keri Hulme and her incredible contribution to Māori Literature, we have established an award in her memory. We are honoured to announce the Keri Hulme Award, presented bi-annually to a mid-career writer who represents the value of perseverance against the odds. The award will include prize money to support working writers, as well as the guardianship of an award taonga, once presented to Keri Hulme herself.

Keri Hulme

Kāi Tahu, Kati Māmoe

Writer and Whitebaiter

Literary icon Keri Hulme shot to global fame, winning the highly coveted Booker Prize in 1985 with her debut novel the bone people. The sustained success of the bone people is undeniable – in print runs, sales, translations, in local and global acclaim – and more importantly as a source of inspiration for Māori writers – aspiring, new, emerging and seasoned. 

The idea that a Māori writer could win such a prestigious prize – responding to the news of her win “you are pulling my leg” is legendary. As an instrument of change, Keri has paved the way for Māori writers, showing that Māori stories deserve a place on the world stage.

To learn more about Keri Hulme, click here.

'Keri was delighted at the prospect of her work helping to support Māori writers in the future.'

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