2009 - William Taylor
2009 Lecture: William Taylor on the state of the nation’s literature
William Taylor is one of New Zealand's most prolific and popular writers with a significant body of his work published internationally, often in translation. His humorous novel for 10-12 year olds, Agnes the Sheep, is now considered by the National Library of New Zealand as a 'classic' book for the young.
His more reflective young adult fiction has touched on issues seldom addressed in New Zealand writing for the young; for example, the widely acclaimed, and recently re-published, The Blue Lawn; also Jerome, and Pebble in a Pool. His most recent novel for young adults is Land of Milk & Honey. Taylor was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 for his services to children's literature.