Friday, November 14, 2014

Ben Sanders wins 2014 Sir Peter Blake Trophy

BREAKING NEWS: Young New Zealand crime writer Ben Sanders has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Sir Peter Blake Trophy at the AIMES Awards gala dinner event held in Auckland. 

Sanders, 25, has written three acclaimed crime thrillers set in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, and has also had his first US-set thriller, AMERICAN BLOOD (due for publication in 2015) optioned for film adaptation by Warner Bros.

The AIMES Awards have been running for 20 years, and have given out over $1.5 million of scholarship grants to talented young people in that time. Each year the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust awards scholarships to young people in the community who have shown outstanding ability or potential in the fields of the arts, science and innovation, education, sports, music, and service to the community. Previous winners of the Supreme Award, the Sir Peter Blake Trophy, in recent years include chart-topping musician Lorde and star LPGA golfer Lydia Ko.

There has been no official press release or comments yet from the 2014 Awards, but some photos of the gala dinner have been released (see Sanders with his Supreme Award trophy above). It is great to see a talented New Zealand writer, on the cusp of even greater international stardom, recognised in this way.

Sanders is a previous finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, and also received an Emerging Talent Award at the 2012 Aimes Awards. For more information about Sanders, read here: 
Congratulations to Sanders, who is an outstanding young writing talent. 

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