William Taylor (writer)

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William Robin Taylor ONZM (11 October 1938 – 3 October 2015) was a writer from New Zealand.

He was born in Lower Hutt. Before he began writing in the 1980s, Taylor worked as a primary school principal and served as mayor of Ohakune from 1981 to 1988,[1] before moving to Raurimu. He won the Choysa Bursary in 1986, and turned his attention to writing full-time that year. Taylor's last book was published in 2010, the memoir Telling Tales: A Life in Writing.[2] Over the course of his career, Taylor won the Esther Glen Award (1991), an AIM Children's Book Award (1995), a Margaret Mahy Medal (1999), and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award (2000). He was named an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2004 Birthday Honours,[3] and died in 2015 at Taumarunui.[2] His funeral was held on 8 October 2015, three days before he was to turn 77.[4]


  1. ^ "William Taylor profile". New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Children's author William Taylor dies in Taumarunui". Stuff.co.nz. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2004". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand). 7 June 2004. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  4. ^ Thomas, Rachel (8 October 2015). "Author and former Ohakune Mayor William Taylor farewelled". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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