• Signals 2017 Launched

    The Michael King Writers’ Centre launched the sixth issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 9 December at the National Library in Parnell. The journal features the work of senior secondary students who took part in this year’s Young Writers Programme, as well as its alumni. Over 190 pieces were submitted […]

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  • 2018 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellows to explore séances and a hostage drama

    The 2018 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship will help talented New Zealand playwright Carl Bland craft a hostage drama set in a pie shop, and writer David Howard summon Katherine Mansfield’s ghost to a séance. Carl and David have both been selected for New Zealand’s pre-eminent literary fellowship. The pair will share an annual stipend of $20,000 […]

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  • Renee – winner of the 2018 Accolades Playmarket Award

    The Playmarket Award has been presented to Rénee at a function held by Playmarket for the Accolades Awards. The $20,000 cash prize recognises a playwright who has made a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand. Renée was born in 1929 and is of Ngati Kahungungu and Irish-English-Scots ancestry. She has described herself as a […]

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  • New Zealand Society of Authors / Auckland Museum Research Grants – Recipients Announced 

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Auckland War Memorial Museum are delighted to announce the recipients of the NZSA Auckland Museum National and Auckland Regional Grants. The National Grant goes to Marlborough writer Joan Norlev Taylor whose winning proposal focuses on articles and books relating to the lives of European settlers particularly women in […]

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  • Experienced judging team appointed as entries open for 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      As entries open for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced a very experienced panel of judges.   National Library schools facilitator Jeannie Skinner will convene the English language panel, which also includes author Maureen Crisp, reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair, author […]

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  • NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award – Recipient Announced!

    We are delighted to announce the winner of the NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2017 – Palmerston North writer Paula Harris. With 87 entries for this award, the selection panel of Lee Murray and Paddy Richardson had a tough time deciding on a winner. Palmerston North poet Paula Harris, will use the award to work on […]

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  • 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist Announced

      Forty books traversing the cultural, historic, artistic and social landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand have made the longlist for the prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, announced today. Ten books are longlisted in each of the four awards’ categories – fiction, general non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and poetry.  Together, they offer riches from both literary […]

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  • 2017 Costa Awards – shortlists announced

    2017 Costa book awards shortlists   Novel Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate) Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus) Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press)   First novel The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt) Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker) Eleanor Oliphant is […]

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  • 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners

    2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners The finalists and winners in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards are: Te Reo Māori Title: Te Mauri o Te Whare – WINNER Authors: Agnes McFarland; rāua ko Taiarahia Black Publisher: NZCER Press   Title: Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Māori World Authors: Peter […]

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  • Waikato University – Writer in Residence 2018 Therese Lloyd

    Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months normally from February.  The emolument is jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.  The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers […]

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