• New role to champion reading for children launched today

    A reading ambassador for NZ children RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON TRACEY MARTIN A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal Affairs and for Children, Tracey Martin announced today. The Reading Ambassador, announced […]

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  • Cook Islands Language Week – starting Aug 2

    Cook Islands Language Week is going strong   The Cook Islands community around New Zealand is gearing up to celebrate the ninth edition of Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week.   Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio says it is a proud milestone that reflects on the […]

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  • Applications open for Te Papa Tupu 2020

    Once again, aspiring Māori writers have the opportunity to build their confidence in Te Papa Tupu, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and administered by Huia Publishers.   Six chosen writers will spend six months working alongside a mentor to develop their manuscript and improve their writing skills, all to meet the […]

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  • BOOKS ALIVE CALENDAR IS LAUNCHED

    LIANZA AND NZ BOOK AWARDS TRUST LAUNCH 2020 NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS BOOKS AND SHORTLIST New Zealand libraries have an association with the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults that stretches back to 1945, and in 2020 they are still playing a central role in sharing the […]

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  • Content Presenter: 2020 New Zealand Young Writers Festival

    Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust The NZ Young Writers Festival is four days of free, fun literary focused events held annually in Ōtepoti/Dunedin.  We welcome young scribes of all stripes and celebrate all forms of wordsmithing including (but not limited to) zines, screen writing, journalism, bloggers, critical content creators, slam poetry, poetry, playwriting, song lyricists, short […]

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  • Going West Writers Festival 2020 Goes Virtual

    Going West Writers Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of its treasure trove of curated audio files, available via podcast to lovers of words and ideas from Friday, 19 June.   Festival producer, James Littlewood says the limitations brought about by COVID-19 prompted the team to pull together a long-held dream of bringing […]

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  • CREATECH UK CEO, CogXspeech – The relationship between creative and tech is more important than ever…

    8 June 2020 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Caroline Dinenage’s keynote speech at the CogX Createch Stage Thank you for that introduction, and many thanks for inviting me to speak here today. I’m delighted to be participating in Createch 2020 at CogX.  Let me start by saying two things: First, that […]

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  • US ‘Publishing Day of Action’ Calls Out Book Industry’s Racial Disparities – from Publishing perspectives.

    In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson    June 9, 2020   The rising tide of protest over racial injustice reached publishing in the United States on Monday, as #PubWorkers4BlackLives took to social media for solidarity. #PubWorkers4Justice Following the forthright statement of condemnation made a week ago by the US Association of University Presses (AUP)—in which they condemned “the white supremacist structure upon […]

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  • AWARDS SHORTLIST PACKED WITH BOOKS THAT OFFER KIWI CHILDREN THE ESCAPE OF STORIES

    If ever there was a time that children needed the escape of stories, 2020 is it. Today’s announcement of the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults reveals an abundance of incredible storytelling for Kiwi kids to immerse themselves in.   The finalist books open their pages to make room […]

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  • New chair heads Institute of Professional Editors – ANZ

    The Institute of Professional Editors has a new chair, Ruth Davies AE. Ms Davies replaces Kerry Davies AE (no relation) who has been the IPEd board’s chair for more than five years. Ruth Davies has been a freelance editor with her business, centreEditing, since 2007. She has had a wide range of roles with IPEd […]

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  • Australia Reads receives $100K in federal funding, announces Reading Hour date change

    The Australia Reads campaign has received $100,000 in funding from the federal government, it announced today.   Chair of the Australia Reads committee, Hachette ANZ CEO Louise Sherwin-Stark, said the government support would ‘significantly amplify our campaign on the benefits of reading and motivate all Australians to get back into a regular reading habit’. The […]

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  • World Book and Copyright Day – international news

    By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson FEP Predicts a 25-Percent Loss of Revenue   Much of the World Book and Copyright Day messaging of the past 25 years since UNESCO approved the observance has been given to reveries about the charms of reading—especially with your children. A UNESCO proclamation approved at the agency’s Paris general […]

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