Joy Cowley: "extraordinary contribution to national culture"
Joy Cowley, made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Honours List, is one of New Zealand’s best-loved and internationally renowned writers for children. She has been highly acclaimed throughout her career, winning the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction in 2010 and the University of Alabama's Maryann Manning Award for Outstanding Literacy Scholar in 2011.
In the words of the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern: “Joy Cowley’s extraordinary contribution to literature and literacy is treasured in New Zealand and internationally. She has brought delight to many young New Zealanders, as well to those who read her books to them."
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