A shortlisting and longlisting for Randell Cottage writer Stephen Daisley

A Better Place – a shortlisting

Randell Cottage resident in 2017, Stephen Daisley, has been shortlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction in the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for his book A Better Place.

The $65,000 prize will be judged by Juliet Blyth (convenor), Kiran Dass, Anthony Lapwood (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Whakaue, Pākehā), and former Booker Prize judge Natalie Haynes.

The winner will be announced as part of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards on 15 May during the 2024 Auckland Writers Festival.



A Better Place – a longlisting

Head and shoulders photo of a man with grey curly hair looking at the camera.
Image: Darren James

Stephen Daisley has also been longlisted for the 2024 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction – one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world and open to books published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland, or the Commonwealth.

In 2024, longlisted authors for the £25,000 prize come from countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, and Trinidad.

The shortlist will be announced in May, and the winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June 2024.