• Michael King Writers’ Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced

    Next year New Zealand’s largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers – historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists. Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (Māori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring). […]

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  • Pullman and Saunders shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017

    Philip Pullman’s first instalment of ‘The Book of Dust’ and Man Booker Prize-winner George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo’ are in the running for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017.   Pullman’s new book, La Belle Sauvage (Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books) earned praise from the chain as “an unmissable journey from one of our greatest authors”. Philip Pullman is […]

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  • The Craft of Writing: drafting your first novel – presented by NZSA Auckland!

      The Craft of Writing 6.30pm to 8.45pm, Friday 17 Nov and Friday 24 Nov  Writing your first novel and need some help? These two workshops will cover key aspects of novel writing relevant for work aimed at an adult, YA or a children’s audience. Learn about narrative structure, plot and character arcs, dialogue, point […]

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  • Announcing the 2017 World Fantasy Award Winners

    The winners for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! This year’s award ceremony was held at the World Fantasy Convention, November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, with a theme of “Secret Histories.” Terry Brooks and Marina Warner were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The full list of nominees follows, with winners in bold. Novel Winner: The Sudden […]

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  • THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE SHORTLIST

    ON THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF NONFICTION IN THE AGE OF “FAKE” NEWS By Matt Grant If you’ve never heard of The Baillie Gifford prize, the most prestigious prize for non-fiction in the UK, it wouldn’t be surprising. For 18 years, it was known by another name: the Samuel Johnson Prize. Before that, from 1987 to 1997, it […]

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  • The rise and rise of New Zealand children’s publishing – Tessa Duder

    Keynote speech – Storylines National Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, 6 October 2017 Once upon a time – about 1978 – a young mother of four was struck in the middle of the night with an idea for a children’s novel. A sailing adventure! A family in peril! Would they survive the night?! This was […]

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  • Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018

    Nominations have been published for two of the country’s oldest children’s book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for […]

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  • CLIMATEKEYS: KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD – NZ

    A series of piano recitals and climate discussions are being held around the globe in November, timed to coincide with the United Nations COP 23 conference being held in Bonn, Germany. An acclaimed pianist will play a concert – 30 minutes. This will be followed by a vigorous discussion facilitated by a climate change scientist […]

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  • 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award announced in Dublin! – 3 from NZ

    13 novels from Australia & New Zealand on the 2018 longlist!  dublinlitaward #DUBLITAWARD 10 novels from Australia and 3 from New Zealand are among 150 titles nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 48 novels in translation with works by authors […]

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  • Whitireia GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PUBLISHING (APPLIED)

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PUBLISHING (APPLIED) – Applications close November 30   Whitireia’s highly regarded programme is the only full training course for publishing in New Zealand. Developed and run in partnership with the industry, the Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied) is modelled on an apprenticeship. It focuses on practical experience and industry contacts. All tutors are practitioners […]

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