• NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 5 finishes with Fleur Adcock

    In 2019, Deborah Shepard travelled to England to spend two days recording the oral history of writer Fleur Adcock. Fleur Adcock lived between New Zealand and England for many years. Although Fleur settled in London in the 1970’s, she is still published here and we still regard her as ‘one of our own’. In the […]

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  • Praised and popular books nominated for 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards     

    THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2024       Bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction, illuminating poetry collections, absorbing memoirs, and books that explore our whenua, flora and fauna feature alongside those that celebrate our culinary and artistic heroes and heroines in the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlists announced today. Twelve of the 44 longlisted […]

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  • UN Cybercrime Convention must not become a tool to undermine international human rights standards

    PEN INTERNATIONAL 24 January: Signatories stress that the Convention should only move forward if it pursues a specific goal of combating cybercrime without endangering the human rights and fundamental freedoms of those it seeks to protect, nor undermining efforts to improve cybersecurity for an open internet. Joint Statement on the Proposed Cybercrime Treaty Ahead of […]

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  • caselberg trust elizabeth brooke-carr emerging writers resident 2024 is kate aschoff

    The Caselberg Trust announced today that the recipient of its Elizabeth Brooke-Carr Emerging Writers Residency in 2024 will be Pōneke (Wellington) multi-media artist and writer Kate Aschoff.   Kate is a queer, Pākehā multimedia artist and they have a background in theatre, campaigning, and community organising. Kate has poetry in Starling, Takahē, The Spinoff, Bad […]

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  • He karanga tāpaetanga! Call for submissions! Microfiction anthology

    He karanga tāpaetanga! Nau mai e te pukapuka hou e mau rā i ngā pakiwhāiti, i ngā kōrero pono auaha nei, i ngā toikupu kōrero, ka eke atu rā ki te 250 kupu te roa, mā te pukapuka 100 kōrero te rahinga i roto tonu i te reo Māori me te reo Ingarihi. E rua […]

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  • Vale Sherryl Jordan

    Readers and the Aotearoa book sector are sharing memories of award-winning children’s author Sherryl Jordan who has died aged 74. Sherryl was a long-time NZSA member and is remembered for many award-winning books written for children, especially historical novels and works of fantasy. Her publisher Scholastic New Zealand has written a tribute to the author, […]

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  • Double Dublin nomination for Catherine Chidgey

    Two books by New Zealand author Catherine Chidgey have been nominated for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award – the world’s most valuable annual prize for a work of fiction published in English. She is nominated for The Axeman’s Carnival, which won the 2023 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the Ockham New Zealand Book […]

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  • Catriona Ferguson appointed as Managing Director of AWF

    The Auckland Writers Festival has announced the appointment of our new Managing Director, Catriona Ferguson. Catriona is an integral part of Aotearoa’s literary community, bringing over 20 years of experience and knowledge to the Festival. Formerly the Director of the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu and Chief Executive Officer of Read NZ Te […]

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  • NZSA members receive New Year’s Kings Honours

    We congratulate the four NZSA members who have received Kings Honours: David Hill, Susan Battye, Harriet Allan and Jodi Wright.   We also acknowledge and congratulate Pacific journalist Barbara Dreaver and Hana O’Regan. Barbara Dreaver has been a publisher of Pacific Books (Cook Islands Press) and Hana O’Regan has supported NZSA in the Canterbury region, […]

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  • US Lerner Publishing Group acquires local children’s book publisher Gecko Press

    December 19 Wellington-based Gecko Press finds a new home at Lerner Publishing Group Lerner Publishing Group has announced the acquisition of Wellington publisher Gecko Press, an award-winning, internationally-focused publisher of curiously good books for children. Gecko Press, 18 years old, has developed an international niche market for handpicked picture books, board books and chapter books for […]

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  • 2023 Prime Minister Award recipients: Linda Tuhiwai Smith (non-fiction), Lee Murray (fiction), and Tusiata Avia (poetry).

    A writer of speculative fiction, a scholar of indigenous studies, and a poet, performer and children’s book author are the recipients of the 2023 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. All three have had international recognition and awards, as well as being celebrated at home. This year’s recipients are: Fiction: Lee Murray – an award-winning […]

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  • Hinemoana Baker selected as 2024 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence

    20 December 2023  Poet and performer Hinemoana Baker (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga, Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Kāi Tahu, England, Germany) has been announced as the 2024 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow, and will be residing and writing in the Cottage from July to December 2024. Baker will be using her six […]

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