• New Zealand’s national writer-residency organisation announces its 2020 Writers in Residence Programme

    The Michael King Writers Centre is pleased to announce that next year’s programme of residencies at the historic Signalman’s House on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland, is now open for applications. Writers awarded a residency can look forward to peaceful accommodation, the use of a writing studio, a generous stipend and the opportunity to […]

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  • Shortlist announced for inaugural Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize

    14 August 2019 Hachette NZ and the Margarey Mahy estate have announced the shortlist for the inaugural Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize for unpublished illustrators. The shortlisted illustrators are: Emily Walker Hilary Jean Tapper Jane McIntosh Lara Cash Sarah Greig. Unpublished New Zealand artists were invited to illustrate Mahy’s story ‘A Boy with Two Shadows’, as […]

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  • Storylines Dame Kātarina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award

     The Storylines Dame Kātarina Te Heikōkō Mataira Award is open to all New Zealand writers and is made annually, when merited, to the New Zealand author of an unpublished work written originally in te reo Maori.The award carries a monetary prize of $1500. The next award will be made in April 2020, with the deadline […]

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  • Alan Duff, Elizabeth Knox and Don McGlashan Headline 24th Going West Writers Festival

    6-8 September                 Going West Writers Festival weekend. Titirangi War Memorial Hall. New Zealand’s leading authors, poets, playwrights and musicians take to West Auckland’s theatres, halls and beaches at the 24th Going West Writers Festival 6-15 September, offering audiences ten days of inspiring words and ideas that cut through the clutter. The Festival’s Artistic Director […]

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  • NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS TRUST NEWS – IT’S ‘THE BOMB’!

    A sparkling story of courage and transformation has been judged the best book for young readers at this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Bomb by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan and published by Huia, was awarded the highest prize in children’s publishing – The Margaret Mahy Book of […]

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  • David Hill is announced as the 2019-2020 President of Honour

    The New Zealand Society of Authors is delighted to announce that David Hill is their 2019-2020 President of Honour.  This prestigious honour is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving NZSA member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand. The President of Honour delivers the annual NZSA Janet […]

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  • Tickets on Sale for NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Ceremony

    Buy your tickets today to celebrate the best books for young New Zealand readers, and applaud the winners, at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults ceremony in the atmospheric Te Marae at Te Papa in Wellington on Wednesday 7 August. The 41 finalists include many of the country’s finest children’s writers, […]

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  • Hamilton Book Month happening again this August

    It’s August and Hamilton Book Month is underway again with the biggest ever programme with 21 different events and a grand total of 35 (including repeats) across August at various Hamilton venues. Almost all events are free with only four having a charge. Co-organiser Catherine Wallace says ‘There’s so many authors we wanted to include […]

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  • Eye-catching Book on Samoan Tattooing Sweeps the Board at the PANZ Book Design Awards

    A beautifully designed and richly illustrated retelling of the unique and powerful history of S?moan tattooing was the big winner at the 2019 PANZ Book Design Awards. Tatau: A History of S?moan Tattooing by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot (Te Papa Press), designed by Arch MacDonnell (Inhouse Design) received the overall accolade of the Gerard Reid […]

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  • Space to breathe

    22 Jul 2019 The latest offering of grants and awards in one of our key creative industries is rightly seen as something to boast about. [In partnership with NZSA and CLNZ] There’s less than a week for would-be or established writers in New Zealand to apply for $20,000 worth of research grants on offer. From August 2 there’s […]

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  • NZCYA AWARDS SHORTLIST SHOWS STRENGTH OF NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING

    New Zealand’s children’s publishing is in fine health. That’s the verdict of the judges for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults after they faced the daunting challenge of whittling down a shortlist for this year’s awards. “The quality of submissions was impressive this year,” says convenor of judges Crissi Blair. […]

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  • Auckland Writers Festival Continues Its Record-Breaking Run

    People of all ages flocked to the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its previous attendance record with more than 82,000 seats filled across seven days of tremendous conversations, inspiring performances and theatres filled with laughter at venues throughout the city’s centre. The Festival, which has seen year-on-year growth in the last eight […]

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