• Auckland Writers Festival 2019 programme

    The Prime Minister, Jeff Tweedy, Sir Antony Beevor among Stellar 2019 Auckland Writers Festival Line-up The 20th Auckland Writers Festival programme launches today, revealing a line-up of more than 200 events featuring over 230 globally acclaimed public intellectuals and much-loved literary stars offering conversation, laughter, ideas and inspiration for audiences of all ages from 13 […]

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  • NZ Booklovers Awards 2019 Winners Announced

    This Mortal Boy by Fiona wins the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2019. The judges say, ‘This novel is a portrayal of a real event in New Zealand, one of the last times the death penalty was invoked. Set in the 1950s, the social climate of the time is beautifully portrayed – […]

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  • Storylines and What Now launch Kids’ Picks

    Storylines and the producers of the popular TV show What Now have worked together to develop a partnership to encourage young New Zealanders to read the best books by New Zealand children’s writers. What Now (made by Whitebait Media and in its 39th year on television) is a top-rating, much-loved, madcap, live two-hour show. Broadcast on Sunday mornings […]

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  • 2019 Storylines Awards shortlists and Notable Books announced

    Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand http://www.storylines.org.nz The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is pleased to announce its Storylines Notable Book Awards 2019 (for books published in 2018), and the shortlists for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text and the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for an unpublished illustrator. The Storylines Joy […]

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  • Te Hā o ngā Toi – Māori Arts Strategy 2019-2024

    Creative New Zealand have released their Maori Arts Strategy. Creative New Zealand has released Te Hā o ngā Toi – Māori Arts strategy for the next five years, following nationwide engagement over the past year. As the national arts development agency, Creative New Zealand’s role is to encourage, promote and support the arts for the […]

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  • MANDY HAGER WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS STORYLINES MARGARET MAHY MEDAL

    Multi-award-winning Wellington-based author Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. Best-known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mandy Hager has also written fiction and non-fiction for younger children, and for educational programmes. In 2017 she […]

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  • #readNZ: The importance of reading aloud

    17 January 2019 #NZreadaloud is a ‘connected literacy’ initiative that began in 2015. The original goal was simple… ‘one book to connect Kiwi kids across Aotearoa.’ The initiative sees teachers across the country reading the same book to their students during the same term. The focus is on books by New Zealand authors, with local settings. Kerri […]

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  • Good news – NZ Bookshop Numbers on the Rise

    Since January 2018, Booksellers NZ has gained seven brand new members from everywhere from Vulcan Lane in Central Auckland, through to Twizel in South Canterbury, as well as online store Five Dogs Books. ‘We have seen a decided increase in the number of new bookshops over the past year’ notes Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould. […]

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  • Children’s book boom drives growth for New Zealand publishers

     Heading into Christmas, sales of New Zealand-published children’s books are on a roll — helping the domestic publishing industry to reach more readers with local stories in 2018.   In the 11 months to the end of November, sales of New Zealand books were up +1.6% by volume compared to the same period last year. Children’s […]

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  • Michael King Writers Centre launches 2018 SIGNALS

      Signals 2018 – Supporting emerging young NZ writers   The Michael King Writers Centre launched the seventh issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 8 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 […]

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  • Judges for 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults share a passion for the transformative power of books

      A panel of judges combining deep knowledge of the children’s literature community with youthful wisdom and a shared passion for the transformative power of books has been selected to deliberate over entries to the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Highly respected reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair will convene the […]

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  • Submissions open for 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

    The New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced that submissions are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, which recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers produced annually. Titles published between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 will be considered for the 2019 awards. There […]

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