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Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust

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The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was established following the death of Ashton Wylie in 1999. Ashton Wylie, an Auckland businessman, was a philanthropist with a wide range of interest particularly in the area of spirituality, personal development and positive relationships. Read More »

Of his many interests, Ashton singled out the "purpose of assisting people to become more perfectly loving" to be the principal purpose of the AWCT.

These instructions have been formalised into the AWCT Objectives.

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AWCT Book and Manuscript Awards 2018 - Media Release

Book Revealing the 'crisis of human habitat' Wins Major Award

A Dunedin-based architect who retrained as a theologian has won this year's $10,000 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award.

Murray Rae, who completed his PhD in theology at King's College, London and is Professor of Theology at Otago University, was honoured with the award for his book Architecture and Theology: The Art of Place.

He was presented with the prize at a ceremony held in the Trust's own building, Hopetoun Alpha, in Auckland this evening.

The Awards' convenor of judges, Adonia Wylie, says Rae's winning book is a most timely literary work that will change the way we think of our built environment and how it affects us all.

"Through Brutalism, Modernism and to today's shoddy constructions with the focus almost entirely on how much revenue can be obtained from increasingly ugly and depressing constructions, Rae states "this is a crisis of the human habitat".

"Upon reading this book one can only regret that the sense of a harmonious, numinous and spiritually enhancing built environment has deserted us almost entirely.

"This is an extremely worthwhile, educating, uplifting and much needed literary accomplishment."

The judging panel, comprising Ms Wylie, writer Joan Rosier-Jones and journalist Mike Alexander selected the winning work from five finalists.

"This year's finalists were of exceptionally high quality, each of them beautifully produced, compelling works. It made our job in selecting a winner and the runner's up very difficult," says Ms Wylie.

The 2018 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Awards winners (in order) are:

Murray Rae Architecture and Theology: The Art of Place (Baylor University Press)
Keith Hill (Auckland) The New Mysticism (Attar Books)
J.P. Antill (Canterbury) Sophia Geography: Exploring Spirituality, Landscape and Archetypes (Harpagornis Publishing)
Bryan Walpert (Auckland) Poetry and Mindfulness: Interruption to a Journey (Pelgrave MacMillan)
Zamm Zamudio (Wellington) Intuition: Discover the Inner Workings of Our World Book 1 (Zammtopia Publishing)

Awards director, Tim Eddington, says he is surprised by the quantity and quality of books published in the genre.

"There were 46 book entries in this year's Awards. Similar numbers have been received in previous years, which is exceptional for such a specific subject area. This year's book entries were impressive in their production values and with the quality of their writing. It is evident that the mind body spirit genre in New Zealand is in good heart."

The Awards are unique in New Zealand for their encouragement of writing in the mind, body, spirit genre.

 

AWCT Book and Manuscript Awards

2018 Finalists :

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The $10,000 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award is for a book in the Mind Body Spirit genre, published between April 1 and March 31. Deadline is 31 March, in any given year.

The $10,000 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Award is for a manuscript in the Mind Body Spirit genre. Deadline is 31 March, in any given year.

Entries will be accepted from 15 January each year.

Application and criteria documents for the 2018 awards:

Book Award Criteria
Book Award Eligibility
Book Award Entry Form
Genre Definition and Writing Guide
Manuscript Award Criteria
Manuscript Award Entry Form


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