• How to watch the Ockham NZ Book Awards ceremony LIVE on Wednesday 11 May

    It’s Ockham week and here’s how to watch the Ockham NZ Book Awards ceremony LIVE on Wednesday 11 May from 7pm! A change in venue and continued precautions around Covid have restricted our audience capacity for the much-anticipated Ockham New Zealand Book Awards this Wednesday 11 May, but there are several ways you can join […]

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  • Kupu Festival programme announced

    Kupu: Ngā Ringa Tuhituhi will be held from 12 – 18 June 2022 in Rotorua – Kupu is a festival to celebrate Māori writers – past, present, and future. Patricia Grace, Dr. Sir Tīmoti Kāretu, Dr. Rangi Mātāmua, Shilo Kino, Stacey & Scotty Morrison, Becky Manawatu, Whiti Hereaka, Jacinta Ruru, Dr. Hinemoa Elder, Qiane Matata-Sipu, […]

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  • Storylines National Story Tour visits Canterbury 16 – 20 May 2022

    Storylines takes its first 2022 Story Tour to Canterbury from 16 May to 20 May. Storylines Story Tours visit primary and secondary schools; libraries and community groups in a selected region, and this tour includes Christchurch, Rolleston, Darfield, Kirwee, Hororata, Hanmer Springs, Ashburton,Geraldine, Fairlie and Waimate, finishing inTimaru on 20 May. Presenting the Canterbury Story […]

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  • 100 Presenters and 50 events at the Featherston Booktown Karukatea 2022 Festival

    With a line-up of more than 100 presenters and 50 events, Featherston, New Zealand’s only Booktown, is getting ready to welcome over 7,000 visitors to the Wairarapa for another outstanding literary weekend over 8-12 June. The seventh Featherston Booktown Karukatea 2022 Festival kicks off on Friday 10 June with the now famous Fish’n’Chip supper – […]

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  • World Press Freedom Day 2022: May 3

    For World Press Freedom Day 2022, PEN International features the case of investigative journalist Ismail al-Iskandrani, detained by the Egyptian authorities for exercising his right to freedom of expression through his work. “No crisis, be it political, cultural, social or economic, can truly be addressed without an independent and free press. Freedom to criticise governments, […]

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  • Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

    On the Occasion of the World Book and Copyright Day, IAF’s Chair, John Degen stated: “Always remember that copyright and cultural access are positively linked. If our shared culture is a beautiful park we all enjoy, copyright is the boundary that defines the park, making it available for all users, and protecting those who work […]

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  • New seminar series honours Lydia Wevers’ legacy

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies is hosting a series of events to honour the legacy and work of Emerita Professor Lydia Wevers. The seminar series begins on Wednesday 27 April and runs every Wednesday evening until 8 June. “Lydia is remembered as an academic mentor, an astute […]

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  • NZSA President of Honour, Tessa Duder CNZM, OBE – annual Janet Frame Memorial address

    The current NZSA President of Honour, Tessa Duder CNZM, OBE will give the prestigious annual NZSA Janet Frame Memorial address on Tuesday 17 May. The NZSA Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) appoints a President of Honour each year, from the ranks of its revered and senior members. This year, Tessa Duder CNZM, OBE […]

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  • Poetry at Piha | The Listening Sand – Going West April 30 Free

    Poetry at Piha | The Listening Sand Free Event Saturday 30 April, 2pm – 5pm North Piha Glade and Beach Registration essential: info@goingwestfest.co.nz Ready for a unique environmental writing experience? We’re once more unleashing real-time poetry crea tion on the iron sands of Piha. Gather in the glade at North Piha for a delightful poetry […]

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  • #PayTheCreator – new UK creative rights campaign

    “About half of my invoices to festivals, magazines, etc go unpaid until I have followed up and queried. Several of these haven’t been paid a year after the invoice was issued.” Pay the Creator is a Creators’ Rights Alliance (CRA) campaign highlighting the disparity between creators and other sector workers in the areas of pay, […]

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  • Society of Authors (UK) calls on Amazon to cut ebook refund window

    In the UK, the Society of Authors (SoA) is calling on Amazon to cut its ebook returns window from 14 days to 48 hours, reports the Bookseller. An online petition, which criticises the retailer for offering refunds on ebooks to customers who have finished reading, has been signed by more than 37,000 people. Amazon’s policy allows customers […]

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  • Ockham New Zealand Book Awards ceremony to be live and in-person

    The 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be held in Auckland on May 11 2022 as an in-person event, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust has confirmed. “Having fully researched high-quality virtual options, assessed again the risk and reward of virtual versus in-person, and looked at the steadily dropping case numbers both nationally and […]

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