• Michael King Writers’ Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced

    Next year New Zealand’s largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers – historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists. Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (M?ori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring). […]

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  • Pullman and Saunders shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017

    Philip Pullman’s first instalment of ‘The Book of Dust’ and Man Booker Prize-winner George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo’ are in the running for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017.   Pullman’s new book, La Belle Sauvage (Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books) earned praise from the chain as “an unmissable journey from one of our greatest authors”. Philip Pullman is […]

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  • Announcing the 2017 World Fantasy Award Winners

    The winners for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! This year’s award ceremony was held at the World Fantasy Convention, November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, with a theme of “Secret Histories.” Terry Brooks and Marina Warner were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The full list of nominees follows, with winners in bold. Novel Winner: The Sudden […]

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  • THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE SHORTLIST

    ON THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF NONFICTION IN THE AGE OF “FAKE” NEWS By Matt Grant If you’ve never heard of The Baillie Gifford prize, the most prestigious prize for non-fiction in the UK, it wouldn’t be surprising. For 18 years, it was known by another name: the Samuel Johnson Prize. Before that, from 1987 to 1997, it […]

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  • Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018

    Nominations have been published for two of the country’s oldest children’s book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for […]

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  • 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award announced in Dublin! – 3 from NZ

    13 novels from Australia & New Zealand on the 2018 longlist!  dublinlitaward #DUBLITAWARD 10 novels from Australia and 3 from New Zealand are among 150 titles nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors […]

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  • Landfall Essay Competition winners share prize for radically different topics  

    Two New Zealand essayists writing on very different topics – life as an army recruit and the power of scent – are joint winners of the 2017 Landfall Essay Competition.   Laurence Fearnley, of Dunedin, and Alie Benge, of Wellington, will share the $3000 cash prize and both will receive a year’s subscription to Landfall. The judge of […]

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  • Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award winner inspired by polar experience

    K?piti poet Alison Glenny has won the 2017 Kathleen Grattan Award with ‘The Farewell Tourist’, a poetry collection inspired by a visit to Antarctica.   She receives a $10,000 prize and a year’s subscription to Landfall, and Otago University Press will publish her collection in 2018. Glenny says she wrote an initial draft while completing a postgraduate […]

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  • Fresh blood on the ferns: new voices dominate Ngaio Marsh Awards

    The usual suspects took a back seat as first-time crime writers Fiona Sussman, Finn Bell, and Michael Bennett swept the spoils at the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards in Christchurch on Saturday night. The talented trio made history on several fronts at a special WORD Christchurch event hosted in Dame Ngaio’s hometown by Scorpio Books as […]

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  • 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists

    The finalists in the 2017 Ng? Kupu Ora M?ori Book Awards are: Te Reo M?ori Title: Te Mauri o Te Whare                                                                      […]

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  • Janet Frame Memorial Lecture by 2018 President of Honour Bernard Brown Oct 31

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) invites you to hear Bernard Brown deliver the 2017 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture Old Government House, 31 October 6.00pm Three Hoots for Survival…”Till the final judgement day, the Last Trump”                                    […]

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  • Congratulations to Dylan Horrocks

    Dylan Horrocks has been named 2018 International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence Acclaimed graphic novelist Dylan Horrocks has been appointed as the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2018. He is the first graphic novelist to be awarded this position. Celebrated […]

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