• Signals 2017 Launched

    The Michael King Writers’ Centre launched the sixth issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 9 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 well as its alumni. Over 190 pieces were submitted […]

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  • Experienced judging team appointed as entries open for 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

      As entries open for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust has announced a very experienced panel of judges.   National Library schools facilitator Jeannie Skinner will convene the English language panel, which also includes author Maureen Crisp, reviewer and librarian Crissi Blair, author […]

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  • Thirty-four excellent kiwi kids’ books ripe for reading – The Sapling’s picks

      Children’s book website The Sapling has released its inaugural Best Books List over the past week, listing 34 homegrown books that cover every reading interest and genre published in New Zealand. ‘Since launching in March, we have read or paid others to read almost every single book published in New Zealand. While even we […]

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  • LEADING PUBLISHER KEVIN CHAPMAN TO JOIN MASSEY UNIVERSITY PRESS BOARD

      One of this country’s most experienced and successful publishers has joined the Editorial Board of Massey University Press. Kevin Chapman has worked in book publishing for over thirty  years, in New Zealand, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He has worked in general trade publishing and book packaging, and prior to starting Upstart […]

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  • #NZChristmasBookChallenge and #ReadtoSucceed

    This Christmas, make one of your gifts a book by a NZ writer, published by a NZ publisher, bought from a NZ book shop.  #NZChristmasBookChallenge We are promoting a ‘BUY NZ Books’ campaign for Christmas. With the tight economics of book publishing in NZ and the reduced retail visibility of books, we know that if we all buy one book […]

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  • 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners

    2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners The finalists and winners in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards are: Te Reo Māori Title: Te Mauri o Te Whare – WINNER Authors: Agnes McFarland; rāua ko Taiarahia Black Publisher: NZCER Press   Title: Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Māori World Authors: Peter […]

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  • Waikato University – Writer in Residence 2018 Therese Lloyd

    Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months normally from February.  The emolument is jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.  The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers […]

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  •  Kiwi personalities back the book

    What do a Shortland St star, three reality TV stars and four media broadcasters have in common? They know how important it is to love reading.   Today the New Zealand Book Council launches their advocacy campaign #ReadToSucceed.   “We published research earlier this year that found almost 400,000 Kiwis didn’t read a book last […]

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  • The Craft of Writing: drafting your first novel – presented by NZSA Auckland!

      The Craft of Writing 6.30pm to 8.45pm, Friday 17 Nov and Friday 24 Nov  Writing your first novel and need some help? These two workshops will cover key aspects of novel writing relevant for work aimed at an adult, YA or a children’s audience. Learn about narrative structure, plot and character arcs, dialogue, point […]

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  • The rise and rise of New Zealand children’s publishing – Tessa Duder

    Keynote speech – Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, 6 October 2017 Once upon a time – about 1978 – a young mother of four was struck in the middle of the night with an idea for a children’s novel. A sailing adventure! A family in peril! Would they survive the night?! This was […]

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