Patricia Grace

Patricia Frances Grace, DCNZM, QSO (born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1937), is a Māori writer of novels, short stories, and children's books.

Her first published work, Waiariki (1975), was the first collection of short stories by a Māori woman writer.[1] She has been described as "a key figure in contemporary world literature and in Maori literature in English." [1] She was awarded the 2008 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.[2][3][4]


Grace currently lives in Hongoeka Bay, Plimmerton. In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, Grace was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for community service.[5] In 2006 she was one of three honourees in the 2006 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement.[6] Grace was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours.[7] In 2009, Grace declined redesignation as a Dame Companion following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government.[8]

Grace is a patron of the Coalition for Open Government. The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English refers to her prose as distinctive in its "spare style based on the speech structures of Maori English."[9]


Short story collections

Children's books

See also


  1. 1 2 "Visiting Faculty and Distinguished Writers in Residence". University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.
  2. "2008 Neustadt Prize Laureate - Patricia Grace". World Literature Today (Vol. 83). May 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  3. "NEW: Banquet to honor winner of the Neustadt Prize". The Norman Transcript. September 18, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  4. Staff writer (October 8, 2007). "Patricia Grace wins prestigious literary prize". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  5. London Gazette (supplement), No. 51367, 10 June 1988. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  6. Leading Writers Honoured in Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement
  7. Queen's Birthday Honours LIst 2007. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  8. Young, Audrey (14 August 2009). "Helen Clark loses: Ex-Labour MP takes title". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  9. Ousby, Ian (1994) - The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, Cambridge, p 385

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