Kathleen Grattan Award 2009

News just to hand (well, gleaned from listening to The Arts on Sunday, so apologies if I’ve made a mistake) – judged this year by Ian Wedde, the 2009 Kathleen Grattan Award for poetry has gone to … Auckland poet, Leigh Davis, for Stunning Debut of the Repairing of a Life, a book length poem written during and after radiotherapy treatment for a brain tumour. Sadly, Leigh died in early October, and so never knew that he had won the award.

Leigh was an Auckland poet and businessman, who won the 1983 Best First Book Award with Willey’s Gazette. (Available online here, thanks to the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre.) You can read some more of Leigh’s work at his website, JackBooks; on Best New Zealand Poems 2001; and at the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive.

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3 thoughts on “Kathleen Grattan Award 2009

  1. Lovely sentiments re. the Kathleen Gratten Award winner for 2009. Sadly as you may now know, Leigh died on the 3rd of October.

  2. Thank you. The book sounds really fascinating, although I have to admit I didn’t know his name before now. And what a pity that he didn’t get to find out in time.

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