• NZSA member James T Guthrie sells film rights for Bullseye Bella

    Filmmaker Scott Walker has secured the rights to New Zealand author James T. Guthrie’s award-winning book, Bullseye Bella. The Book: One girl. Three darts. Big trouble. Twelve-year-old Bella Kerr is a darts prodigy. And when she finds out that her little brother’s special schooling is at risk because of lack of money, Bella secretly enters a […]

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  • NZ Booklovers Awards 2020 Shortlist Announced

    A mixture of well-known New Zealanders and new talent feature in the NZ Booklovers Awards 2020 shortlist announced today. Books by Gregg McGee, Rachel Hunter, Josh Emett, Eleanor Ozich, Donovan Bixley, David Hall and Gavin Bishop are among the diverse range of titles nominated for the NZ Booklovers Awards, along with exciting new writers. Six […]

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  • Writer Maria Gill wins 2020 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal

    NZSA member and creative non-fiction writer Maria Gill is the 2020 winner of New Zealand’s top literary prize for children’s writers, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture award. Given annually since 1991, the award honours lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand publishing for children and young adults. Storylines Chair, Christine Young, […]

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  • Kiwi kids can read their local cricket team to victory this summer

    The Super Smash Reading Challenge brings together two favourite Kiwi summer pastimes: cricket and reading. Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly NZ Book Council) has joined forces with New Zealand Cricket’s T20 summer tournament to get kids reading more books over the holidays.The Super Smash Reading Challenge is a new interactive website. Primary and intermediate-aged children […]

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  • Read NZ Te Pou Muramura launch new research on Reading in NZ in the Digital Age

    New Zealanders spend half their waking lives online, are flicking between multiple texts at any given time, and are less likely to engage in long text, a new study shows. Reading in a Digital Age, a unique insight into New Zealanders’ reading behaviour, has been released by Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly New Zealand […]

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  • Call for judges of the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The organisers of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are calling for expressions of interest from members of the children’s literature community who wish to be considered as judges of the 2020 awards. The NZ Book Awards Trust is inviting expressions of interest for judges for the 2020 NZ Book Awards […]

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  • RIP Jack Lasenby

    Jack Lasenby was a long-standing member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa, he joined in 1973. He was well loved, generous to other writers, a champion of children’s literature and a lively character. He will be sadly missed. Below are some literary world tributes to Jack published […]

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  • Kiwi kids are proactive readers who love to read home-grown authors – Whitcoulls Kids’ Top 50 booklist

    The votes are in and Whitcoulls were delighted to announce their 2019 Kids’ Top 50 Books List on September 23, 2019.  The big news is that Kiwi kids often discover what they want to read through their own research, are huge fans of books in a series and love to read local authors. Whitcoulls Book […]

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  • 2020 Burns Fellows named

    The University of Otago has announced a series of award-winning writers and artists as its Burns Fellows for 2020. The five prestigious fellowships are announced every year, and fellows receive a stipend for between six months and one year, and space on campus to pursue their projects . Next year’s Robert Burns Fellow will be […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council becomes Read NZ Te Pou Muramura

    New Zealand Book Council is changing its name and identity to become Read NZ Te Pou Muramura. The move will better reflect its work to promote reading through a range of programmes and campaigns, as well as a desire to remain truly relevant in a changing Aotearoa New Zealand. Staff and board worked with education consultant […]

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  • Applications Invited For Randell Cottage Writers Residency

    Applications are now open for the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend, currently set at $22,000, and six months’ rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. The Trust is particularly interested in hearing from mid-career and M?ori and Pasifika writers. Built in Thorndon in 1867, the […]

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  • AUCKLANDER CRISSI BLAIR WINS 2019 STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD

    Auckland children’s book authority, reviewer, judge and graphic artist Crissi Blair is the 2019 winner of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s books, publishing and literacy. Crissi has been a prominent national figure in the world of children’s literature for nearly 20 years. She has written for the […]

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