December 18, 2020
Indigenous manuscript wows Adam judges
This year’s Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing has gone to what judges called a genre-defying work of great significance.
Kotuku Titihuia Nuttal’s manuscript Tauhou is described as a graceful, poetic and subversive telling of stories and moments that weave and connect between Aotearoa New Zealand and First Nations Canada.
Nuttal, who has connections to Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangatahi and the Tsawout First Nation of British Columbia’s Coast Salish people, is a takatāpui multimedia artist and also the editor of Saltwater Love, a zine of Indigenous writing.
She wrote Tauhou as part of her 2020 Master of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Nuttal says the award and the $3000 prize is an opportunity to rework her manuscript until it is fit for publication.
Previous Adam Foundation Prize recipients include authors Eleanor Catton, Ashleigh Young, Hera Lindsay Bird, Annaleese Jochems, and Tayi Tibble.
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