• James Russell introduces Philip Temple in our Summer Encore Podcast Series

    In the New Zealand Society of Authors Summer Encore Series, well known NZSA authors introduce you to some of their favourite episodes from the NZSA podcast. In our second to last episode, James Russell, author of the Dragon Brothers trilogy and Dragon Defenders series, introduces you to his favourite episode: Philip Temple’s oral history conversation […]

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  • Introducing the NZSA Summer Encore Podcast Series

    We’ve asked well known NZSA authors to introduce you to some of their favourite episodes from the NZSA podcast so far. This week, Mary-anne Scott, author of the newly released The Tomo, along with Spearo, Sticking with Pigs, and several other books for young people, introduces you to her favourite episode: Joy Cowley from Season […]

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  • 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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