Book For Our Time Wins National Award

Award-winning author, artist and filmmaker Stephanie Sinclaire Lightsmith of Seatoun, Wellington has won this year’s $10,000 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Award for Creative Alchemy: The Science of Miracles; a work that references the latest in neuroscience, biology, quantum science, psychology and metaphysics to help us create a better world.

The Awards’ Book category convenor of judges, Joan Rosier-Jones, says Ms Lightsmith’s book is full of rich content that takes us on an amazing journey of discovery down many paths.

“The mix of first person and third person narratives includes the story of Beth, who eventually regarded her hidden emotional memories as a treasure hunt, and the author’s own experience of expanded consciousness after Craniosacral Therapy. The author is widely travelled and has studied with teachers and masters across the globe. She shares the knowledge, thus gained, both as a teacher and an author.”

Patricia Williams, who lives in community of Catholic vowed women in Auckland’s Māngere Bridge, has won the $10,000 Unpublished Manuscript Award for her work: Between the Harbour and the Mountain: Reflections on the Ordinary and the Profound.

The Awards’ Unpublished Manuscript category convenor of judges, Bob Ross, says Ms Williams work is a well-structured, eloquently written sequence of personal reflections from everyday life.

Between the Harbour and the Mountain draws on the author’s observations of the natural world around her, as well as events that trigger a deeper contemplation on life’s meaning. Ms Williams’ writing is culturally inclusive and reflects on the multifaceted ways in which spirituality is practised in New Zealand. The text grows in value as it progresses, with the last sections providing a reflective commentary on the state of the contemporary world, leading to a satisfying climax.”

The judging panel, comprising author and publisher Linda Cassells, writer and publisher Keith Hill, writer Joan Rosier-Jones and publisher Bob Ross, were unanimous in their overall choice of the winning works, which took the honours from a total of 10 finalists.

“This year’s finalists were of exceptionally high quality. It made our job in selecting the winners and the runner’s up very difficult,” says Ms Rosier-Jones on behalf of the judges.

The 2020 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Awards’ winners and runners’ up (in order) are:

Book Category
Stephanie Sinclaire Lightsmith -WINNER-
Stephanie Sinclaire Lightsmith
Creative Alchemy: The Science of Miracles
(Creative Alchemy Publishing)
Creative Alchemy: The Science of Miracles
Madeline Adams Madeline K. Adams (Devonport, Auckland)
The Sacred Dance of Soul: Your inner journey to empowerment
(Roslyn Publishing)
The Sacred Dance of Soul
Hugh Major Hugh Major (Matakana)
The Lantern in the Skull: Consciousness and marginal zones of the extraordinary
(Attar Books)
The Lantern in the Skull
Judith Hoch Judith Hoch (Takaka)
Prophecy on the River: My journey to Waitaha
(Attar Books)
Prophecy on the River
Jazz Thornton Jazz Thornton (Auckland)
Stop Surviving Start Fighting
(Penguin Random House New Zealand)
Stop Surviving Start Fighting
Manuscript category:
Patricia Williams -WINNER-Patricia Williams (Mangere Bridge, Auckland)
Between the Harbour and the Mountain: Reflections on the Ordinary and the Profound
Juliet Batten Juliet Batten Herne Bay, Auckland)
Sun, Moon, and Stars: Seasonal celebrations for children and families, tamariki and whanau
Hannah Beehre Hannah Beehre (Lyttleton, Christchurch)
Flow: A Handbook for students of drawing
Wendy Ward Wendy Ward (Whanganui)
The Kingfisher's Nest: Everyday miracles at Foxglove Farm
Jo Woollacott Jo Woollacott (Whangarei)
Sea Salt to Serenity

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