Kiwi Author's Lasting Legacy
Tuesday 27 October 2015
Celebrated Kiwi author William Taylor has left generations to come a wonderful legacy of children's and young adults' writing. Taylor, 77, died in Taumarunui last week.
Known for his humorous books for young readers and sharply realistic novels for adolescents, Taylor was the author of such classics as Agnes the sheep (winner of the 1991 Esther Glenn Award), and the Blue lawn (winner of the 1995 Senior Fiction Award, for its sensitive portrayal of the relationship between two adolescent boys).
His memorial notice described him as a "writer of books, teacher of hundreds and a tireless worker in the community." He visited hundreds of schools through the NZ Book Council and in 2004 he was made an Officier of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and the community.