Gaelyn Gordon

Tessa Duder describes Gaelyn Gordon's death in May 1997 as an incalculable loss for New Zealand literature. Gaelyn wrote around 30 different fiction titles. She won a Choysa Bursary in 1989, a New Zealand Post Children's Choice award (with illustrator John Tarlton) for The Life-sized Inflatable Whale; and as a writer for adults she won the 1992 Frank Sargeson fellowship and a Creative New Zealand Scholarship in Letters. She was also a high-school English teacher and active in amateur dramatics.