• Victoria University of Wellington announces Emerging M?ori Writer’s Residency

    10 September 2019 To mark Te Wiki o te Reo M?ori, Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce the inaugural Emerging M?ori Writer’s Residency for 2020. The Residency, supported by Creative New Zealand, runs for three months and includes a writing room, a mentor, and a stipend of […]

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  • 2019 NZSA Honours Given to Michael Morrissey & Riemke Ensing

    At the Auckland Branch meeting on 6 September 2019, NZSA board representative Susan Battye, presented Micahel Morrissey and Riemke Ensing with their 2019 Honours List award. The NZSA Honours List is an award recognising long service to NZSA by members. Michael Morrissey has been one of NZSA’s most consistent meeting attendees and supporters since joining […]

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  • NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2019 recipient announced

    Christchurch writer Frankie McMillan is the recipient of the NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2019 Frankie McMillan will use the fellowship to work on a novella. She says: ‘I’m thrilled and enormously grateful to be the recipient of the Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship, 2019 -2020. I intend to put the grant towards the completion of a novella […]

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  • Shortlist announced for The Newsroom/Surrey Hotel Writers Residency – congrats to all and especially the 11 NZSA members selected

    Updated September 3, 2019 Steve Braunias Steve Braunias edits Newsroom’s books section, ReadingRoom, is an author and a noted writer for the NZ Herald 15 writers shortlisted for the Newsroom-Surrey Hotel writer’s residency Entries have closed for the 2019 Surrey Hotel-Newsroom writer’s residency award – which allows a week’s accommodation in a splendid Auckland hotel […]

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  • Indie Booksellers Incensed as Amazon Breaks ‘Testaments’ Embargo

    By Claire Kirch | Sep 04, 20 Margaret Atwood’s hotly anticipated new novel The Testaments may be under embargo, but that hasn’t stopped one online retailer from selling it. The mix-up has incensed independent booksellers, and drawn an acknowledgement, if not a flat-out apology, from publisher Penguin Random House. A number of angry independent booksellers have taken […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council becomes Read NZ Te Pou Muramura

    New Zealand Book Council is changing its name and identity to become Read NZ Te Pou Muramura. The move will better reflect its work to promote reading through a range of programmes and campaigns, as well as a desire to remain truly relevant in a changing Aotearoa New Zealand. Staff and board worked with education consultant […]

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  • Applications Invited For Randell Cottage Writers Residency

    Applications are now open for the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend, currently set at $22,000, and six months’ rent-free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings. The Trust is particularly interested in hearing from mid-career and M?ori and Pasifika writers. Built in Thorndon in 1867, the […]

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  • AUCKLANDER CRISSI BLAIR WINS 2019 STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD

    Auckland children’s book authority, reviewer, judge and graphic artist Crissi Blair is the 2019 winner of the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s books, publishing and literacy. Crissi has been a prominent national figure in the world of children’s literature for nearly 20 years. She has written for the […]

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  • Former Winners Atwood and Rushdie on 2019 Booker Prize Shortlist

    A set of six novels the Booker’s Gaby Wood calls ‘political, orchestral, fearless, felt’ is announced in London, the 2019 Booker winner to be named October 14. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘The Extraordinary Ambition for Each of These Books’ In a news conference at the British Library in London this morning (September 3), […]

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  • Words Change Lives – Coveted Literary Fellowship Opens Applications – 2020 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship

    Winning a writing fellowship changes the course of a writer’s life, opening doors and allowing writers to think and apply their craft. Applications for the 2020 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship are now open. Virginia Woolf advocated for a room of one’s own – and the Grimshaw Sargeson provides a historic environment to write in, along with […]

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  • 2019 Janet Frame Prize for Christchurch Novelist

    Wednesday 28 August 2019Novelist and historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg receives 2019 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award Janet Frame’s estate has announced their biennial award to coincide with the celebrated author’s 95th birthday on the 28th of August. The award is currently worth $5,000. Janet Frame founded the Janet Frame Literary Trust in 1999 and bequeathed her […]

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  • Lani Wendt Young delivers a challenge to publishers the world over for diverse representation

    The New Zealand Book Council Lecture: 2019 This year’s New Zealand Book Council Lecture, Stories from the Wild: Reading and Writing in the Digital Age, was delivered by Lani Wendt Young in Wellington last night. A free e-book of the lecture is now available for download. Young discussed the importance of representation in literature, the […]

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