• Joy Cowley in this not-to-be-missed NZSA Oral History Podcast episode

    “…there was a year when the export of children’s books from this country was more than the export of wine…” In the latest episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 3 we hear from Dame Joy Cowley. Joy is one of New Zealand’s most loved and recognised authors, having published over six hundred titles […]

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  • #NZSA Connects

    New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc announces new digital initiatives April 3, 2020 Like all New Zealanders, organisations and businesses, NZSA is adapting to the challenging circumstances brought about by the unprecedented COVID-19 emergency. “We are really concerned about the ongoing welfare, income and mental and physical health of […]

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  • David Hill: what it takes to be a professional writer

    “…I wept all over the last pages, they are tear blotched…”   In the latest episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 3 we hear from David Hill who has been writing full-time in New Zealand for over 30 years. David is probably best known for his writing for children and young adults but he […]

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  • Tessa Duder talks courage, action and sorrow on the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series

     “…sometimes we just feel that if we poke our head above the parapet we will personally pay a price…”   The second episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 3 features part two of an interview with renown author Tessa Duder. Tessa has published fiction and non-fiction for children and adults both in New Zealand and overseas. […]

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  • Season 3 of NZSA Oral History Podcast Series begins with Tessa Duder

    The NZSA Oral History Podcast is about writers: our writers. It’s about their beginnings, middles and (for some) endings. Their successes and their rejections. But what makes it truly unique is the stories they tell about NZSA, about the collegiality, support, advocacy and achievements in our community of writers and in the New Zealand arts […]

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  • NZSA Live! New Podcast Featuring Audio Recorded at NZSA Events

    NZSA is proud to add to our Oral History podcast, new NZSA Live! In these podcasts we will share audio recorded at a variety of New Zealand Society of Authors events, beginning with the 2019 Janet Frame Memorial Address given by NZSA President of Honour 2019 – 2020, David Hill. These episodes will appear alongside our Oral […]

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  • Dennis McEldowney features on the Season 2 Final of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series

    ” ‘Who wants to write the great New Zealand play?’ I asked.”     ” ‘I’d like to if I could,’ she said.” Dennis McEldowney is remembered for his twenty years as editor of the Auckland University Press and also as an award-winning author, an active member of PEN NZ and a great diary keeper – […]

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  • Ray Grover values pragmatism on the latest NZSA Oral History Podcast episode

    “It’s rough justice we are after.” -Ray Grover In the late 1950’s Ray Grover was part of a small circle of Wellington writers that included Maurice Gee, Fleur Adcock and James K. Baxter. Shortly after publishing his first novel, Another Man’s Role in 1967, Ray joined PEN NZ and quickly became involved in the executive. […]

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  • Ruth Dallas on the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series

    “Some people say look in your heart and write, my method is quite different, I look out and write!” -Ruth Dallas Ruth Dallas was a poet and children’s author. She worked side-by-side with the famous New Zealand editor, Charles Brasch at Landfall and had a long time friendship with Janet Frame. So why, when she […]

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  • Tony Simpson Features on Latest NZSA Oral History Podcast

    In the latest episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series we hear from Tony Simpson.  Tony is an award-winner writer who has published seventeen books of New Zealand history.  He’s a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and has held many fellowships and awards recognising his dedication to historical research.  Tony was […]

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  • An Honest Look at the Writing Life: Ian Cross on the NZSA Oral History Podcast

    In the next episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast Series we hear from Ian Cross.  Ian Cross began writing his first novel The God Boy (published in 1957) while on a journalism fellowship at Harvard University.  The book was a critical success and was turned into a film and an opera.  Yet by 1959 and the […]

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  • The Newest Episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Features Elsie Locke

    In the next episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast Series we hear from Elsie Locke.  Elsie was a leader and writer for the New Zealand peace movement, living through almost the whole of the violent twentieth century.  But to most New Zealanders she is best known for her children’s writing – at one time almost […]

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