• Six Māori writers announced for Te Papa Tupu 2018

     Six aspiring writers have been selected for Te Papa Tupu 2018, a writing programme developed by the Māori Literature Trust and organised by Huia Publishers. The chosen writers will spend six months working alongside a mentor to develop their manuscripts and improve their writing skills to meet the end goal of a publishable manuscript. To […]

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  • PANZ shortlists for 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards announced

    The best of New Zealand’s book designs come under tight scrutiny but the shortlist has been announced 11 Jun 2018 It appears it’s not just the cover a book is judged on as the judges announce the finalists in the 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards. The weight of stock, the binding and the smell of […]

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  • New Human Rights Commissioner responds to concerns over hate speech protections

    Paula Tesoriero: We strongly support right to freedom of speech 11 Jun, 2018 Rights are not absolute and they do not exist in isolation. Photo / 123RF NZ Herald By: Paula Tesoriero I am concerned at recurring speculation that the Human Rights Commission is campaigning to limit free speech. Those who hold this view say we […]

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  • FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

    A bumper crop of excellent books for young New Zealand readers have today been announced as the 33 finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.   From sharks and dawn raids to earthquakes, kidnap plots, Jean Batten and the familiar chaos that is kids at breakfast time, their range […]

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  • 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist announced

      Twenty-four outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel from 5182 entries from 48 Commonwealth countries. The writers come from 14 countries including, for the first time, Samoa and Ghana. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English from the Commonwealth. As well […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council launch READNZ campaign #readNZ

    ReadNZ campaign 2018 Our books matter. Our authors and their stories are world-leading. ReadNZ is a campaign to get more of us reading books written by New Zealanders. New Zealand books reflect the rich social and cultural history that has shaped us as a nation. There is a special joy in reading about ourselves, and […]

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  • Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage

    Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:22 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage Budget 2018 lays the foundations for a significant programme of work that highlights the essential role the cultural sector plays in the wellbeing of our society, […]

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  • Four secondary school writers win NZSA youth mentorships

    Four talented secondary school students have been selected as winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme 2018. These young writers now have a special opportunity to hone their writing skills and develop their craft under the mentorship of four of New Zealand’s finest professional authors.   The 2018 recipients […]

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  • STORYLINES MARGARET MAHY MEDAL AND LECTURE AWARD 2018

    Janice Marriott 2018 Margaret Mahy Medal winner Children’s author, screenwriter, mentor, audio producer, editor and teacher, Janice Marriott, was awarded the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal  for lifetime achievement and her distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s children’s literature at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day on 8 April. Her Margaret Mahy Medal was presented by […]

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  • IPA President Michael Kolman addresses first European Children’s Bookstore Conference at Bologna

    Getting ‘Our Publishing Houses in Order’ On Sunday (March 29), the first European Independent Children’s Bookstore Conference was held at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. Arranged by Bologna’s organizers in cooperation with the Association of Italian Independent Children’s Bookstores, the event was designed to “highlight the various cultural and economic aspects faced by independent bookstores […]

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  • #Read Women: International Women’s Day – The PEN International Women’s Manifesto going to the UN

    The PEN International Women’s Manifesto The first and founding principle of the PEN Charter asserts that ‘literature knows no frontiers’. These frontiers were traditionally thought of as borders between countries and peoples. For many women in the world – and for almost all women until relatively recently – the first, and the last and perhaps […]

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  • International Children’s Book Day April 2

    Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.   Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme […]

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