• CHRIS ELSE IS NZSA PRESIDENT OF HONOUR 2018-2019

    The NZSA is delighted to announce that Chris Else is their 2018-2019 President of Honour.  This prestigious position is bestowed on a senior writer and long-serving member in recognition of his or her contribution to writing and writers and the literary arts sector in New Zealand. As President of Honour, Chris Else will deliver the annual Janet […]

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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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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours for Deborah Challinor

    Deborah Challinor has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and historical research. She was this country’s highest-selling author in 2015, 2016 and 2017. “It was a real shock as I opened the letter,” the 59 year old said of the moment she discovered she was being […]

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  • Siobhan Harvey – President of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) – annual AGM address

    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa Talofa lava As President of the New Zealand Society of Authors, I welcome you to our 2018 AGM and Development Weekend, ‘TURNING THE PAGE’. A veritable feast of workshops, panel sessions, discussions, ideas and meetings with fellow writers await you tomorrow. I want to humbly thank The Auckland […]

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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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  • English Pen event: Celebrating Nelson Mandela: His Letters, His Legacy

    PENmandelaletters To mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on 18 July and the publication of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela (Liveright) on 10 July, English PEN is holding an evening of readings with very special guests on 17 July. Taking place at the Union Chapel in London, the event features letters by Nelson Mandela from […]

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  • The Unity Books 50th Anniversary Literary Awards

    Unity Books has marked its 50th Birthday by honouring two New Zealand authors with awards worth $20,000 each for their extensive body of work and for their long-span social justice activism. The recipients of the Unity Books 50th Birthday Literary Awards are Patricia Grace and Peter Wells.  ‘As Unity turned 50 years old we asked afresh: who matters […]

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  • NZ Icon Artist Award for son of Samoa

    PASEFIKA PLANET Maualaivao Albert Wendt at the Icon Awards ceremony.  10 May, 2018. – Samoa’s most revered author and the ‘Father of Pacific Literature’ has been named a New Zealand Icon Artist, joining a prestigious group of recipients. Maualaivao Albert Wendt was presented with his Icon medallion at a ceremony held at Government House in Wellington, […]

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  • WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY – MAY 3

     On World Press Freedom Day PEN calls for justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia and the protection of journalists and rights activists fighting for justice in her case  3 May 2018 – Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent investigative journalist and blogger, was assassinated on 16 October 2017 near her house in Bidnija, Malta, in a targeted […]

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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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  • Poetry NZ Yearbook 2018 Launch Details

    YOU ARE INVITED … Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 Launch Invitation Where:  Devonport Library, 2 Victoria Road, Devonport When:  Tuesday 20 March, 7.00 till 9.00 pm Cost:  Koha appreciated A Devonport Library Associates Event Please RSVP here The poets are assembling at Devonport Library to celebrate the publication of the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook 2018, edited by Jack Ross and […]

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