Re­turn to spir­i­tual lit­er­a­ture awards

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Writer Keith Hill is try­ing to make the world a bet­ter place one book at a time.

The award-win­ning au­thor and film-maker is en­ter­ing the Ashton Wylie Char­i­ta­ble Trust un­pub­lished man­u­script and book awards af­ter his pre­vi­ous wins.

Both Hands Clap­ping will be a con­tender in this year’s awards which cen­tres on the mind, body, spirit genre.

Last year the Mt Eden res­i­dent won $10,000 for his work Prac­ti­cal Spir­i­tu­al­ity.

He also won best book at the 2011 Ashton Wylie awards for The God Revo­lu­tion and in 2007 was awarded best un­pub­lished work for Striv­ing to be Hu­man: How Can We Be Moral in the Mod­ern World?

Mr Hill be­came in­ter­ested spir­i­tu­al­ity as a teenager.

He has stud­ied many world reli­gions and philoso­phies over the past 30 years in­clud­ing yoga, world mytholo­gies, Su­fism, Bud­dhism and Chris­tian mys­ti­cism.

He de­scribes him­self as an ‘‘ex­plorer of con­tem­po­rary spir­i­tu­al­ity’’.

‘‘The genre

cov­ers

in

ev­ery­thing from fairies to me­ta­physics and sci­en­tific views of re­al­ity,’’ he says.

‘‘It can be di­et­ing and health and cul­tural con­cepts and de­vel­op­ments.’’

It’s the 11th year of the Ashton Wylie awards which recog­nises writ­ers of manuscripts and pub­lished books.

The trust was es­tab­lished in 1999 af­ter the death of Ashton Wylie, an Auck­land busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist with in­ter­ests in spir­i­tu­al­ity, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships.

Spokes­woman Ado­nia

Wylie en­cour­ages any­one in­ter­ested to sub­mit their work.

‘‘We en­joy read­ing the works pro­duced and ex­tend­ing our knowl­edge of the genre.’’

Mr Hill says the com­pe­ti­tion has been ‘‘hugely sup­port­ive’’.

‘‘By recog­nis­ing the mind, body, spirit genre, it’s re­ally sup­port­ing New Zealand writ­ers in that area.

‘‘It’s an af­fir­ma­tion that you’re not kind of talk­ing in the dark.’’

Sub­mis­sion forms and en­try de­tails are avail­able from awct. org.nz or phone 0800 367 242 and en­tries close March 31.

Ques­tion­ing mind: Keith Hill has been suc­cess­ful pub­lish­ing books un­der the mind, body spirit genre.

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