• Recipients have been selected for the NZ Society of Authors Youth Mentorship Programme 2019

    Four talented secondary school students have been selected as winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme 2019. These young writers now have a special opportunity to hone their writing skills and develop their craft under the mentorship of four of New Zealand’s finest professional authors. The 2019 recipients for the NZSA […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast – Season 2 Coming Soon

    Listen to a promo for Season Two on our Podcast Page. New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa will soon be releasing our second season of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series. New Zealand veteran broadcaster, NZSA member and author Karyn Hay hosts Season Two which takes us inside the writing […]

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  • NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS LAUNCHES 2019 AUTHOR EVENTS PROGRAMME UNDER EXCITING NEW BANNER

    The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has announced the 2019 dates for its successful nationwide series of finalist author events under an exciting new banner – Books Alive. Large scale Books Alive events for school children will take place in Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington in the week leading up to […]

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  • SECONDARY SCHOOL BOOKLIST – NZ Books

    NZSA and NZBC have prepared this list for teachers with links to teachers notes, that are appropriate for use in the classroom. NCEA examiners bemoan the lack of local content, so this link, with resources, reading ages and themes will give our schools an annual GO TO list of what is in print. This link has been […]

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  • Storylines ‘What Now’ TV2 Kid’s Pick announced

    Congratulations to Stacy Gregg! The Fire Stallion by Stacy Gregg (published by Harper Collins) was announced on TVNZ2 on Sunday 14th April as the Storylines Kids’ Pick of the Storylines Junior Fiction Notable Books on What Now. The response to the competition was ‘unprecedented’ according to the What Now producers. Lyla by Fleur Beale (Allen & […]

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  • Jennifer Egan’s Guide to Literary Activism

    Award-winning novelist, journalist, and President of PEN America Jennifer Egan shares her top picks for our toolkit feature—ways to learn more and stay connected to the conversation—three people to follow, three things to read, and three organizations to check out and support. PEOPLE TO FOLLOW Acclaimed writer of fiction and nonfiction Valeria Luiselli Author and […]

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  • Honorary doctorate for literacy champion Dame Wendy Pye

    Educational publishing entrepreneur and literacy advocate Dame Wendy Pye, who received an honorary Doctor of Education. ‘Teaching the world to read’ has been educational publishing phenomenon Dame Wendy Pye’s mission and mantra for 35 years. Now, Massey University is celebrating the life-changing impact of her early literacy resources to children all over the planet, from […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council’s new toolkit aims to support arts events

    A new set of free resources aims to provide event organisers with extra support. The New Zealand Book Council’s Event Support Kit offers downloadable resources including checklists, templates and strategies for event organisers. It also includes links to existing Book Council resources, such as the extensive Writers Files and an online event calendar for free listing […]

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  • A wave of women’s voices carry Best New Zealand Poems

      The latest edition of the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems is now live, featuring 25 poems chosen by Dunedin-based novelist, poet, playwright, and non-fiction author Fiona Farrell. The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University of Wellington has published the anthology annually since 2001, with support from Creative New Zealand. While […]

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  • NZ, Oz writers shortlisted for 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

    10 April 2019 Two New Zealanders and one Australian writer are among the finalists for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. New Zealand writer Maria Samuela was shortlisted for ‘Bluey’, as was Harley Hern for ‘Screaming’. Australian writer Emma Ashmere was shortlisted for her story ‘Nightfall’. Samuela, Hern and Ashmere are among 24 writers to […]

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  • $1 million for Communities of Readers

    Hon Tracey Martin Internal Affairs A grant of $1 million to Te Puna Foundation will fund a new initiative designed to connect more children and young people to reading, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Minister said improving children’s lives was a priority for the Government. “Helping with their reading and literacy development […]

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  • Reading in the digital age

    17 April 2019 The New Zealand Book Council According to Internet New Zealand, 93% of us use the internet once a day or more. We now get much of our information and pleasure from our online worlds. If we are reading, much of our reading will be online, on screen. Some things about the online […]

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