Boon, Kevin

Kevin Boon is one of New Zealand most versatile writers. He has written television drama and comedy, stage plays, radio stories and novels, short stories and picture books for young people. However, his greatest contribution has been in the field of non-fiction. He has written illustrated books about New Zealand topics, including History, Special days, natural disasters , the All Blacks and 30 Biographies of famous New Zealanders.

In 2006 Kevin won the National Library’s Elsie Locke Award for 4 books relating to New Zealand History: – Roads & Railways, The Development of Farming, The Forests and The Liberals.

Most of Kevin’s earlier work was published by various Publishers including Wendy Pye, Price Milburne, School Publications. Waiatarua Publishing and Lands End. However in recent times he has published through his own company ‘Kotuku Publishing’. His most recent work has been the novel Kezia (about Katherine Mansfield’s childhood in New Zealand) and The Dolls House (an illustrated edition of her iconic story).

Some of Kevin’s plays, held by ‘Playmarket’ have received productions including the full-length play ‘The Geriatrics’ and the one act plays ‘Smoko’, ‘The Garden Party’ ad ‘At the Bay’.

Kevin is a former school teacher and principal. He enjoys visiting schools as a member of the Writers in Schools Scheme or by private arrangement As well as reading and discussing his own work he is willing to take creative writing classes and discuss any of the topics or people about whom he has written.