• Sarah Forster – 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Winner

      Many congratulations to Sarah Forster, winner of the 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award Wellington’s Sarah Forster has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to children’s and young adult literature and reading.Christine Young, chair of Storylines Trust says the award acknowledges the work Sarah has done […]

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  • Petone bookshop wins Bookshop of the Year award

    Last night’s awards ceremony at the annual New Zealand Book Industry awards was a time for the book trade to reflect and celebrate the last year. It is a forum where individual publishers and booksellers are recognised as the best in the New Zealand trade. One of the highly anticipated awards presented at the ceremony […]

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  • Mākaro Press wins Publisher of the Year

    Last night, booksellers and publishers gathered online in anticipation of the 2021 Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards, hosted by PANZ Te Rau o Tākupu and Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the most sought-after awards of the night is the Nielsen Book Publisher of the Year award. It is always an exceptional category with a […]

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  • Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference

    Deeply connected to the land of the first light, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference – one uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, and designed to use the arts to explore what it means to be of Tairāwhiti. Come and enjoy ten days from 08-17 October 2021! Followed by the […]

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  • 2021 Given Words poems chosen – the winners from National Poetry Day 2021

    17 September 2021 We are delighted to share with you the winning poems from the Given Words competition for Phantom National Poetry Day 2021. New Zealanders of all ages were invited to write a poem including five words chosen from the te reo poetry film Noho Mai, which features a poem by Peta-Maria Tunui. The […]

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  • 2021 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui shares the transformational power of reading in a life well lived

    EVENT DETAILS 6pm, November 10, 2021 (alert levels allowing) National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-Tara Renée’s Pānui will be held at the National Library auditorium on November 10 at 6 pm. Entry is free, but seats are limited so bookings are essential. Tickets will be made […]

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  • 2021 Pikihuia Awards October 30 – tickets available now

    Tēnā koe, Earlier this year, we put the call out for first-time and emerging writers to share their stories. The response was incredible. We had hundreds of entries from across Aotearoa and the world both in te reo Māori and English. In June, we announced eighteen finalists. Join us this October at the 2021 Pikihuia […]

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  • NonfictionNOW – Call for Hui participants: submissions due 27 September 2021

    Tēnā koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Kia orana and warm Pacific greetings to you all! In 2021, NonfictioNOW takes a new form—adapting to the realities of the COVID pandemic while retaining its spirit and integrity. Despite a pandemic, we are still planning […]

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  • Going West Goes Online and Free in September

    Going West Festival’s 26th season moves online for September, offering three freshly curated live conversations with Aotearoa’s finest writers of prose, poetry and culture. The events, which can be accessed from the Festival’s website, are perfectly proportioned bites for lovers of books, words and ideas. Going West Festival director James Littlewood says the team’s experience […]

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  • Word Christchurch Festival Announces New Dates

    After being forced to postpone this week’s Festival, which featured 80+ events and 150 speakers, WORD Christchurch is pleased to announce that the event will go ahead at a later date: 10–13 November 2021 (that’s Show Weekend for Cantabrians). The festival will not run on Sunday 14 November due to a major event in the […]

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  • Verb Readers & Writers Festival events

    Verb Readers & Writers Festival is due to take place between 3 – 7 November 2021. The events below are special, early release events that will happen throughout October in the lead up to the festival week. These events celebrate, in various ways, our theme of ‘coven’, which to them is about coming together to share stories, […]

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  • A conversation with award-winning children’s author Maria Gill

    WEDNESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 6.00pm – 7.00pm VENUE: Clock Tower Boardroom Free Join author Maria Gill for a cup of tea and an interactive session on her latest project, a children’s novel about the life of Ernest Rutherford. Maria is currently one of our artists in residence at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora and is […]

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