Return to spiritual literature awards
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The award-winning author and film-maker is entering the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust unpublished manuscript and book awards after his previous wins.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He also won best book at the 2011 Ashton Wylie awards for The God Revolution and in 2007 was awarded best unpublished work for Striving to be Human: How Can We Be Moral in the Modern World?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’’.
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.
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.