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Keri Hulme

Keri Hulme is a New Zealand writer, best known for her debut novel, The Bone People.


Hulme was born in Otautahi, near Christchurch, in New Zealand's South Island, the eldest of six children. They are of English, Scottish, and Maori descent. In 1967-68 Hulme attended the University of Canterbury. Throughout her career she has worked as a fisher, TV director, cook, and a writer. She was a writer in residence at Otago University in New Zealand in 1978, and in 1985 at the University of Canterbury.

Hulme has won many prestigious awards for her work including the "Maori Trust Fund Prize (for writing in English) 1977, Writing Bursary 1983, mini-Burns Fellowship 1977, shared Canty Writing fellowship 1985, Mobil Pegasus Award (for Maori literature), NZ Book Award (fiction) 1984; Booker-McConnell Prize 1985, Chianti Ruddino regional Award 1987