Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated authors. In 1992, she was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature; and the following year she was granted an honorary doctorate from Massey University, as well as being awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal and a DCNZM (A Damehood in the old honour system). In 2002, the Joy Cowley Award was established in her honour. Most recently, Joy received the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction for 2010.