• PEN America to Honor Patti Smith, Hearst’s Frank Bennack at 2020 PEN America Literary Gala

    Ceremony to take place May 19 in New York City (New York, NY) – PEN America today announced Patti Smith as the recipient of the 2020 PEN/Audible Literary Service Award, to be conferred upon the iconic writer and performer at this year’s PEN America Literary Gala, on May 19. PEN America is recognizing Smith for […]

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  • Northland author’s homecoming novel confronts ‘Crimechurch’

    Award-winning Northland short story author Michael Botur has published his first literary fiction novel which launches in his hometown of Christchurch this month. Crimechurch is a hard-hitting, gritty novel following seven drug addicts, bikers, probation staff, concerned parents and partners caught up in a violent feud in the Garden City. Botur said the book questions […]

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  • Youth Mentorship Programme Seeks Emerging Young Writers

    Four secondary school students will each have the opportunity to be mentored by one of New Zealand’s best professional authors in order to develop their craft and hone their writing skills. The NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme offers these aspiring young writers (aged 15-18) a mentorship, from May to November, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable […]

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  • New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours announced

    New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours announced Rachael King and Lee Murray are this year’s Honorary Literary Fellows in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ annual Waitangi Day Honours. Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning writer and editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows) and a two-time Bram Stoker Award® […]

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  • Writer Maria Gill wins 2020 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal

    NZSA member and creative non-fiction writer Maria Gill is the 2020 winner of New Zealand’s top literary prize for children’s writers, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture award. Given annually since 1991, the award honours lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand publishing for children and young adults. Storylines Chair, Christine Young, […]

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  • Gordon McLauchlan was an inspiration in his life and in his dying

    Gordon McLauchlan was born in Dunedin and worked in several North Island towns before settling in Auckland. As a journalist he worked on various newspapers as sports writer, feature writer, sub-editor, columnist and book page editor for New Zealand Herald. In 1973 he became a freelancer and this led to his long career as cultural […]

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  • New Zealand’s Premier Book Awards’ Longlist Packs a Punch – The 2020 Ockhams

    The 40 books longlisted for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards announced today are a wide-ranging and inspiring collection reflecting the diversity of contemporary Aotearoa and the excellence of our writers, artists and publishers. Traversing cultural, historic, artistic and political landscapes, the longlisted books explore who we are as a nation, from our social […]

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  •  Talia Marshall named as first Emerging Māori Writer in Residence IIML

     Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce the appointment of Talia Marshall as its inaugural Emerging Māori Writer in Residence. Talia (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Takihiku) is an essayist and poet whose work appears on Newsroom, The Spinoff, Pantograph Punch, Takahē, and […]

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  • Historian and author Dick Scott died on New Year’s Day

    Historian and journalist Dick Scott who uncovered the darker side of colonialism and the treatment of Māori has died at 96 years old. Dick Scott, most well-known for his book Ask That Mountain which told of the attacks on Parihaka, is being remembered for his controversial and view-changing books. In his book Ask That Mountain, […]

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  • Vale Gordy! NZSA mourns the passing of Gordon McLauchlan

    Former NZSA President and prolific author Gordon MacLauchan, ‘Gordy’, died peacefully at 9.12 am yesterday January 26, after battling cancer for several months. He had just celebrated his 89th birthday. Gordon was presented on December 4, 2019, by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy with his medal as an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for […]

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  • NorthTec Writing Programmes in 2020 – Enrolling now!

    NorthTec Writing Programmes in 2020 – Enrolling now! Want to make 2020 the year you finally chase that dream of becoming a writer? NorthTec can help you get there with its highly acclaimed programmes in Applied Writing. Our programmes are ideal for people who wish to work independently as writers, for those already working in […]

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  • New Year Honours: Broadcaster Karyn Hay made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

    Congratulations to Karyn Hay who has been recognised as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Years Honours List. NZSA thanks Karyn for being a valued member of our organisation and supporting and growing NZ literature through her writing, her work on our oral history podcast series and her involvement […]

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