“Nanny Smack, a fictional ghost, turned up in my writing room underneath my parents’ house a couple of days after I returned from Rawene, and with a ‘Kia ora, Cookie’ the seed of Bloom was planted” (How to Read a Book 34). This is how Morey herself describes the spark that ignited the highly successful writing career of “a powerful new voice in the current crop of young New Zealand writers” (Beryl Fletcher). Her first novel, Bloom, was published in 2003 and won the NZSA Hubert Church Award for Best First Work of Fiction at the Montana Book Awards in 2004. In 2003 Māori writer Morey was granted the Todd New Writers’ Bursary and in 2004 her second novel, Grace is Gone, was nominated as one of …
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Birk, Hanne. "Kelly Ana Morey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2013
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