Sunday, September 2, 2012
Neil Cross and the Ngaio Marsh Award
What a terrific day at the The Press Christchurch Writers Festival yesterday, capped by the announcement of the winner of the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Terrific sold-out event, great to see so many people there to celebrate books, ideas, writing, and particularly New Zealand crime writing.
Lots of cool pics - some of which I'll share later. For now, I just thought I'd share one of my favourites - camera-shy Ngaio Marsh Award winner Neil Cross (LUTHER: THE CALLING) with the award.
Cross gave a tremendous acceptance speech - having the audience in stitches for several minutes, with tales of crazy escapades - including a time he thought he was going to come to a Deliverance-style end in rural New Zealand on the way to a writing event, before finishing on a very heartfelt, eyes-glistening note, talking about how much he'd moved around throughout his life, but how since he came to New Zealand ten years ago, he'd really felt he finally had a 'home', and so this Award "means a lot" to him.