Philip Temple is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. His anthropomorphic novels, such as Beak of the Moon, are unique in NZ literature. His biography of the Wakefield family, A Sort of Conscience, was awarded the Melbourne University’s Ernest Scott History Prize. Philip has held the Creative NZ Berlin Writers’ Residency, Menton Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, Robert Burns Fellowship and National Library Fellowship. He received a Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2005 and has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Otago as a Doctor of Literature. The second volume of his biography of Maurice Shadbolt, Life As a Novel, is due out in 2020.
Philip Temple at DWRF 2019