• Playwright named as inaugural Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence

    Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is delighted to announce the appointment of the Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence for 2019. Leki Jackson-Bourke, a South Auckland-based playwright of Tongan, Niuean and Samoan descent, will take up the Residency in 2019. He will use the time to complete his play For the […]

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  • Rural Noir: small-town tales scoop Ngaio Marsh Awards

    The winners of the Ngaio Marsh Awards announced at WORD in Christchurch   Both authors’ winning books involve deadly deeds set against small towns and rural landscapes. Carter scooped the Best Novel prize for Marlborough Man (Fremantle Press), a thrilling tale centred on an ex-undercover agent from England trying to resettle into a quieter life far distanced […]

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  • Finalists announced for the Copyright Licensing Education Awards 2018

    At a time when teachers are time-poor, professionally published resources that support teaching practice are hugely valuable.   The CLNZ Education Awards 2018 celebrate the quality and diversity of educational resources released between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2018 to support classroom learning. The awards recognise the success of New Zealand resource providers in […]

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  • NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency Now Open for Applications

    Applications are now open for a $5000 research grant and residency for writers wishing to work on a project that will utilise the resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. The grant also offers the recipient the opportunity to take up four weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ […]

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  • Ground-breaking Māori publisher recognised for her life’s work at Book Industry awards

    Robyn Bargh CNZM (Te Arawa) has been honoured with the 2018 Book Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of her foundation and directorship of Huia Publishers, and her continuing leadership in Māori literature. The Book Trade Industry Awards were announced at a celebratory dinner at The Rydges in Auckland.   Booksellers NZ Chair Juliet Blyth […]

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  • New survey shows continued drop in Kiwis reading – Annual NZ Book Council report

      442,600 adult New Zealanders didn’t read a book in the past year, according to new research out today. Books are competing with television and computer screens for our leisure time, and 45-54 year olds had the lowest percentage reading of any age group. The study also found that fewer Kiwi men are reading books. […]

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  • National Schools Poetry Award celebrates New Zealand’s poets of the future

    A year 13 student at Wellington’s Queen Margaret College has won first place in the 2018 International Institute of Modern Letters’ (IIML) National Schools Poetry Award, with her poem ‘Vignettes’.   Ilena Shadbolt receives a prize of $500 and the opportunity to attend a poetry masterclass with poets James Brown and Hera Lindsay Bird at the […]

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  • Illegal book download site Oceanofpdf.com has been taken down

    Piracy website Oceanofpdf taken down Published August 1, 2018 by Charlotte Eyre in the UK magazine The Bookseller Oceanofpdf, a website that was giving away pirated e-books, has been taken down. The website, in operation for seven months, had a US domain name and offered users free PDF or Epub downloads of thousands of books, angering […]

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  • WIN A WEEK AT THE MICHAEL KING WRITERS CENTRE AND A ONE-ON-ONE CRAFT SESSION WITH PAULA MORRIS 

    Writers attending the National Writers Forum in September can enter to win a package of two valuable prizes offered by the Michael King Writers Centre, Aotearoa New Zealand’s national writers’ facility and literary centre. The two prizes are a week’s accommodation at the centre; and a one-on-one craft workshop with the award-winning writer Paula Morris, […]

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  • Menton Fellowship open for applications NOW

    The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship allows a writer to spend no less than three months in Menton, France, with access to a writing room beneath the terrace of Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield did some of her most important writing. The Fellowship has been offered annually from 1970. Previous recipients include Carl Nixon, Kate […]

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  • Judges announced for 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

    An experienced panel of 12 judges – including prize-winning writers and poets, as well as historians, academics, curators and one of the country’s most respected booksellers – will select the best books published this year for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, which will bestow $53,000 on its 2019 winner, […]

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  • Ashton Wylie Awards:Book Revealing the ‘crisis of human habitat’ Wins Major Award

      A Dunedin-based architect who retrained as a theologian has won this year’s $10,000 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award. Murray Rae, who completed his PhD in theology at King’s College, London and is Professor of Theology at Otago University, was honoured with the award for his book Architecture and Theology: The Art of […]

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