Kevin Ireland has had a relatively low critical profile as a New Zealand author, despite his prolific output of poetry, novels, short stories, memoirs, and miscellaneous writing. Still, his accolades have included the following: in 1978, a NZ Book Award for poetry for Literary Cartoons; in 1986, a half-year’s literary fellowship at Canterbury University; in 1987, the Sargeson Fellowship (the first fellow, in this same year, was the novelist Janet Frame); in 1989, the Auckland University Library Fellowship; in 1990, a New Zealand Commemorative Medal, for his lead-role in PEN; in 1992, being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature; in 2000, an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Massey University; in 2004, the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary…

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Citation: Ross, John C.. "Kevin Ireland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 November 2023 [, accessed 11 December 2023.]

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