• Margaret Mahy Rounds Off Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History Podcast

    “I can remember somebody saying, you know, that the picture book was something that we could write on a Saturday morning. Well, it certainly took me a lot longer than that!” Margaret Mahy is New Zealand’s most celebrated children’s writer. She wrote over one hundred books, published in 15 different languages, and continues to be […]

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  • Brian Turner on a life writing about, fighting for, and enjoying Aotearoa New Zealand

    “When I hear ‘progress and development’, I ask people to be specific about what it is that they’re describing. That for me is destruction, depletion, degradation.” The penultimate episode for Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast presents Brian Turner from his 2020 oral history interview with Naomi Arnold. As a poet, essayist, biographer […]

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  • Barbara Else Talks about the Business of Books

      “Writers’ income is always an awkward cash flow – sometimes it flows and sometimes it doesn’t!” Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast continues with a second episode from Barbara Else, from her 2020 oral history interview with Naomi Arnold.   Barbara Else is a celebrated New Zealand author but has also been […]

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  • A Reflection on 18 months as NZSA President: “A call-out to all writers: come gather round, we need your support . . . “

    BY MANDY HAGER    MAY 4, 2021     I’ve been a member of NZSA for around 30 years, joining before I published my first book, filled with pride when I could transition from ‘associate’ to ‘full’ membership. Although health and time constraints have meant I’ve rarely attended branch meetings or events, I’ve always read the […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast features Barbara Else

      “I thought, I’ve got to [join NZSA], this is a chance to actually stand up and say to myself, ‘I am a writer, I’m involved in the Society’…” Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast continues with Barbara Else, in the first of two episodes from her 2020 oral history interview with Naomi […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast featuring Philip Temple

    Philip Temple discusses half a century of living as a writer in Aotearoa, on the NZSA Oral History Podcast “I tend to think that one of the reasons public institutions are not very keen on writers is because they have too much to say.” Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast continues with Philip […]

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  • Kyle Mewburn continues on Episode 2 of NZSA Oral History Podcast

    “I’m writing for certain children, for what they need…I’m not trying to have a generic, bland thing.”   Season 4 of the NZSA Oral History podcast continues with part 2 of Naomi Arnold’s 2020 oral history interview with Kyle Mewburn. Naomi and Kyle talk about the issues authors face, both on and off the page, and […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 4 launches with Kyle Mewburn

    “I said well, I’m going to write. So I sat down and decided to write. I wrote full-time, I wrote eight hours a day, every day, six days a week, seven days a week. For a year and a half.” Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and eclectic writers. Working full-time as […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast – New Season

    Season Four of the New Zealand Society of Authors Oral History Podcast is launching next week! We are delighted to have Karyn Hay returning as host. In the new season we will bring you the voices of authors from the deep south of New Zealand. We’ll be featuring interviews from last year, and some from […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Project: Funding helps record stories of Otago authors

    Thanks to funding from the Otago Community Trust and NZ National Commission for UNESCO, NZSA has been able to record three important oral histories from authors in the Otago region.   At the end of July 2020 New Zealand author and oral historian Naomi Arnold, spent a week meeting and interviewing authors Brian Turner, Barbara […]

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  • NZSA member Tina Makereti – Going West podcast interview with Selina Tusitala Marsh

    Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings   https://www.goingwestfest.co.nz/audio/tinamakereti In her prizewinning debut novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings Tina Makereti confronts the complexities of cultural heritage, the past and the present, and Moriori, Maori and Pakeha identity. The novel is a compelling, powerful and haunting work. In 2014, Makereti came to Going West to discuss her […]

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  • Explore NZSA’s Podcast Library

    Have you listened to any of NZSA’s two podcast series? The NZSA Oral History Podcast Series is hosted by our own Karyn Hay, Kiwi broadcaster, NZSA member and author, and takes audio from our author oral history archives. Authors relate their stories of involvement with NZSA, chat about other writers of their generation, and describe […]

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