• #NZChristmasBookChallenge and #ReadtoSucceed

    This Christmas, make one of your gifts a book by a NZ writer, published by a NZ publisher, bought from a NZ book shop.  #NZChristmasBookChallenge We are promoting a ‘BUY NZ Books’ campaign for Christmas. With the tight economics of book publishing in NZ and the reduced retail visibility of books, we know that if we all buy one book […]

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  • 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners

    2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Māori Book Awards Finalists and Winners The finalists and winners in the 2017 Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards are: Te Reo Māori Title: Te Mauri o Te Whare – WINNER Authors: Agnes McFarland; rāua ko Taiarahia Black Publisher: NZCER Press   Title: Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Māori World Authors: Peter […]

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  • Waikato University – Writer in Residence 2018 Therese Lloyd

    Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months normally from February.  The emolument is jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.  The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers […]

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  •  Kiwi personalities back the book

    What do a Shortland St star, three reality TV stars and four media broadcasters have in common? They know how important it is to love reading.   Today the New Zealand Book Council launches their advocacy campaign #ReadToSucceed.   “We published research earlier this year that found almost 400,000 Kiwis didn’t read a book last […]

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  • 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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