• 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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  • 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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