• Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award winner inspired by polar experience

    Kāpiti poet Alison Glenny has won the 2017 Kathleen Grattan Award with ‘The Farewell Tourist’, a poetry collection inspired by a visit to Antarctica.   She receives a $10,000 prize and a year’s subscription to Landfall, and Otago University Press will publish her collection in 2018. Glenny says she wrote an initial draft while completing a postgraduate […]

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  • STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD 2017 to Wellington’s Maureen Crisp

    STORYLINES BETTY GILDERDALE AWARD 2017 to Wellington’s Maureen Crisp Wellington teacher, author and literary blogger Maureen Crisp has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Storylines Betty Gilderdale award for outstanding service to children’s literature. “Storylines is delighted to honour Maureen as one of the unsung heroes of children’s literature in this country,” says […]

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  • Fresh blood on the ferns: new voices dominate Ngaio Marsh Awards

    The usual suspects took a back seat as first-time crime writers Fiona Sussman, Finn Bell, and Michael Bennett swept the spoils at the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards in Christchurch on Saturday night. The talented trio made history on several fronts at a special WORD Christchurch event hosted in Dame Ngaio’s hometown by Scorpio Books as […]

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  • 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists

    The finalists in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards are: Te Reo Māori Title: Te Mauri o Te Whare                                                                      […]

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  • Janet Frame Memorial Lecture by 2018 President of Honour Bernard Brown Oct 31

    The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) invites you to hear Bernard Brown deliver the 2017 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture Old Government House, 31 October 6.00pm Three Hoots for Survival…”Till the final judgement day, the Last Trump”                                    […]

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  • New editor appointed for Landfall journal

    Emma Neale has been appointed as the new editor of Landfall, published by Otago University Press. Neale, who lives in Dunedin, has published six novels and five poetry collections, and edited several anthologies. She is a former Robert Burns fellow (2012) and has received numerous awards and grants for her writing including the Janet Frame/NZSA […]

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  • Congratulations to Dylan Horrocks

    Dylan Horrocks has been named 2018 International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence Acclaimed graphic novelist Dylan Horrocks has been appointed as the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2018. He is the first graphic novelist to be awarded this position. Celebrated […]

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  • TWO WHITE RAVENS FOR NZ

      A huge congratulations to author Melinda Szymanik, illustrator Donovan Bixley and publisher Scholastic NZ for Fuzzy Doodle and David Elliot and publisher Otago University Press for Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath being selected as 2017 White Ravens! Each year language […]

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  • Sam Elworthy – AUP- has been elected to the Executive Committee of the IPA

    Sam Elworthy of Auckland University Press has become the first New Zealand representative elected to the executive committee of the International Publishers Association as announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. Auckland University Press announced Sam’s appointment, “Sam has played a key role in New Zealand publishing as president of the Publishers Association of […]

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  • NZSA Canterbury – NZ Heritage awards winners announced

    NZSA Canterbury branch are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 New Zealand Heritage NZSA Canterbury Book Awards and Writing Competitions. On Wednesday evening, we held a cozy event at the gorgeous old Malthouse Theatre in Christchurch. Many of the shortlisted writers, along with others in the writing community and local NZ Society of Authors […]

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  • The Arts Foundation announce the recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Arts Awards

    Eleven extraordinary New Zealand artists have been chosen as the 2017 recipients of the coveted Laureate and New Generation Awards, Marti Friedlander Photographic Award, Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. The recipients represent classical music, popular music, film, theatre, contemporary dance, poetry, photography and illustration. The recipients will be celebrated at […]

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  • ‘Fair use’ infringes on creators’ property rights

    Illustration: Tom Jellett              ARTICLE BY JOHN BYRON   in The Australian September 20, 2017 If the proposed regime were reasonable, it wouldn’t need to be marketed with such a cute baby panda name. Naming it “fair use” is like calling the harpooning of whales on the high seas a peaceful […]

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