• Verb Wellington announce November 2020 programme

    Welcome to a special Festival edition of the Verb newsletter! We are hugely excited to be presenting a live lit fest this 2020. Celebrate Aotearoa writers, stories and voices with us between 5 – 8 November. We look forward to sharing the magic of live gatherings with you as we come together for interesting ideas, […]

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  • CLNZ Contestable Fund Grant funding – open for applications

    September 2020 $75,000 is available to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing sector growth, which is made possible through the Copyright Licensing Trust’s Cultural Fund. Applications are now open and must be received before 4pm Wednesday 7 October 2020. Successful recipients will be announced in November. Find out more here >> Applications are invited […]

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  • 2020 American Book Award Winners announced

    Three cheers for more exciting book news! Today, the Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the 41st-annual American Book Awards. The award, which has no categories or nominees, was created to recognize extraordinary literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The 2020 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, […]

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  • 2020 Booker Prize shortlist announced

    Booker Prize 2020: Four debuts make shortlist as Hilary Mantel misses out   Mantel had been tipped for a record third win for The Mirror and the Light. Both previous titles in her trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, had won. This year’s nominees are Diane Cook, […]

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  • Winners of New Zealand’s architecture writing competition announced

    Delnaz Patrawala, a post-graduate architecture student at the University of Auckland, has won the Open category of the sixth annual Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing, New Zealand’s leading essay competition for design writing. Ms Patrawala’s winning essay drew upon her family’s Iranian heritage in discussing the role of architecture in forming cultural identity. The […]

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  • Calling all writers – applications are now open for the 2021 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.

    The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship is back looking for writers ready for their 2021 placements. The Fellowship, now in its 34th year, is a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers the chance to focus on their craft full-time, a historic environment to write in, along with financial support and networking opportunities.   Applicants must […]

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  • THE FUTURE IMPACT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ON THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Artificial Intelligence (AI) has always had fantastical appeal. Imaginative ideas of futuristic superhuman technology provide endless material for storytelling, inspiring humans to create worlds where the impossible is performed with ease. These ideas, however, once at home in seemingly distant dreams, are moving from fiction into reality as AI continues to take root […]

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  • Aotearoa’s poets of the future feature in National Schools Poetry Awards

    E Wen Wong, a Year 13 student from Burnside High School in Christchurch, has won the 2020 International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award.   Her poem titled ‘The house that Saturn built,’ was described by judge Airini Beautrais, as “powerful and beautiful”, “full of surprising language and with a strong sense […]

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  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020 recipient announced

    Siobhan Harvey, Recipient of the NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2020 Auckland-based writer, academic and arts advocate Siobhan Harvey will use the fellowship to support the writing of her latest poetry project. Siobhan says: ‘I’m humbled and honoured to be awarded the 2020 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship.This is an important award, as evidenced from the […]

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  • O’Farrell wins 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction

    British author Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and is crowned the Prize’s 25th winner with her eighth novel Hamnet.    Watch the moment Maggie won > O’Farrell’s Hamnet, set in 1596 and inspired by the life and death of Shakespeare’s only son, was chosen from a shortlist that included Dominicana by Angie Cruz, Girl, Woman, Other by […]

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  • NEW NZ BOOKS SITE KETE LAUNCHING WITH STUFF TO SHARE REVIEWS

    Thursday 10 September 2020 Kete – the new site devoted to the books of Aotearoa which launches on 15 September – will share reviews of New Zealand books with Stuff to bring the latest releases to readers of Sunday Magazine, Your Weekend and online. Kete is delighted to partner with Stuff, a New Zealand-owned media […]

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  • THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE WORD CHRISTCHURCH SPRING FESTIVAL 28 Oct – Nov 1

    This year the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival celebrates the wealth of talented writers, speakers and thinkers from across Aotearoa New Zealand. The festival is centred on New Zealand writing and writers and features a glittering programme with 65 events and more than 100 of Aotearoa’s finest writers, poets, historians and entertainers. The four-day festival is firmly focused on […]

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