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Joy Cowley a Finalist in 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

WelCom July 2019:

Joy Cowley. Photo: Weston Cowley

One of New Zealand’s best-loved writers, Dame Joy Cowley – a regular contributor to WelCom – is a finalist in this year’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards’ Book category for her non-fiction work Veil Over Light.

Joy joins four other authors from all over the country writing about issues as wide-ranging as global ethics, living co-operatively, mystical and shamanic practise and Māori healing wisdom.

The awards are unique in the country for their encouragement of writing in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre. The awards were established in 1999 thanks to a bequest from the late businessman, Ashton Wylie.

The convenor of judges Joan Rosier-Jones says this year’s Book category entrants were particularly strong.

‘It was difficult deciding on a shortlist of five from 42 book entries, many from household name writers. The finalists were selected for their understanding of the Mind, Body, Spirit genre, the compelling and accessible way they each convey their stories and their books’ excellent production values. Each of these books are worthy winners and hold much wisdom for our world,’ says Ms Rosier-Jones.

The Book category winner and the Unpublished Manuscript category winner each receive a $10,000 prize. The Awards will be announced at a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina, in Auckland on Friday 16 August, 2019.

The late Auckland businessman Ashton Wylie was a philanthropist with a wide range of interests, particularly in the area of personal development and positive relationships. The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up at Ashton’s request and was named after him. Ashton Wylie believed that to change the world, one had to first change oneself, then effect changes in others by example. The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up following his death in 1999 with the mandate of having human relationships as its focus, and its main intent being to promote more loving relationships.

To get a copy of Joy Cowley’s Veil Over Light, go to: www.christiansupplies.co.nz/product/9780473452049/veil-over-the-light/