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Current Issue



NZ Author – Autumn – Issue 317

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Contents of this issue include:

WHO’S WHO Contributors in this issue

EDITOR’S NOTE Tina Shaw

PRESIDENT’S REPORT Siobhan Harvey

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT Jenny Nagle

GOVERNANCE REPORT Philippa Werry

CONFUSING, YET UNITING Mariam Arif thinks about racism

CHRISTCHURCH ATTACK: ON BRIDGES AND WALLS Ali Shakir on the terrorist attack of 15 March

KEEPING THE HOME LANGUAGE GOING A new incentive brings books to refugees

TRIBUTE Mandy Hager

CREATING READERS Ted Dawe’s writing kaupapa

TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING From NZSA CompleteMS to publication by Andrew Crowe

SUSTAINABLE INCOMES Commentary from Fiona Kidman on the PLR

REPORT FROM NZSA PLR REPRESENTATION Rae McGregor

YOUR RIGHTS Paula Browning on copyright

ISSUES PAPER NZSA submission to the Copyright Review

TIMING AND GOOD LUCK Sophie Siers goes to book fairs

WHATEVER SHINES SHOULD BE OBSERVED Craft: using detail in writing by Lynn Jenner

NZSA AGM Programme

WAITAKI WRITERS GROUP

CELEBRATING 125 ISSUES NZ Review of Books

PEN NZ Free speech and social media by Dana Wensley

CLASSIFIEDS

Past Issues


NZ Author – Autumn – Issue 316

Issue 316

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Contents of this issue include:

  • WHO’S WHO Contributors in this issue
  • EDITOR’S NOTE Tina Shaw
  • PRESIDENT’S REPORT Siobhan Harvey
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT Jenny Nagle
  • GOVERNANCE REPORT Philippa Werry
  • NEW YEAR HONOURS Writers recognised in the New Year Honours list
  • NZSA WAITANGI DAY HONOURS 2019 recipients Lani Wendt Young and Liam McIlvanney
  • GRIMSHAW SARGESON FELLOWSHIP Chloe Honum and Chye-Ling Huang
  • SIMPLY THE BEST TIME EVER We talk to three publishing consultants big in indie publishing
  •  “I’VE WRITTEN A BOOK” Jenny Nagle on the nitty-gritty of self-publishing
  • NEW ZEALAND BOOKS IN SCHOOLS Susan Battye looks at NZ books in NCEA
  • A BOOK THAT KICKED MY ASS A personal take on the impact of reading by Jackson C. Payne
  • THE ANDROGYNOUS READER Graeme Lay considers a male view of reading across genders
  • INSPIRING RESIDENCIES About the Michael King Writers Centre
  • A HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE Previous winners of the Ashton Wylie Awards
  • MILLIONS OF NICHES Janet Charman looks at the roles of the reviewer and the reviewee
  • MAGIC SYNERGY Cath Mayo and David Hair discuss their lucky partnership
  • A LURCH OF FAITH David Hill considers rejection ONE THOUSAND
  • CLASSIFIEDS

NZ Author – Spring – Issue 315

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Contents of this issue include:

  • WHO’S WHO Contributors in this issue
  • EDITOR’S NOTE Tina Shaw
  • PRESIDENT’S REPORT Siobhan Harvey
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT Jenny Nagle
  • GOVERNANCE REPORT Philippa Werry
  • THE GIFT OF TIME 2018 Beatson Fellowship recipient
  • MANY WAYS TO BE A WRITER An overview of the National Writers Forum
  • COMPELLING INTERVIEWS Libby Kirkby-McLeod on the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series
  • INITIATIVES IN THE LANDSCAPE Introducing the Mātātuhi Foundation
  • BEING MORE NIMBLE Catching up with the current state of NZ indie publishing
  • BUY MY BOOK Lee Murray gives indie publicity tips
  • AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL What privacy means these days by Philip Temple
  • AUTHOR-UNFRIENDLY? NO THANKS! Pitfalls when entering writing competitions by Bronwyn Elsmore
  • A BIT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL A look at the 2018 WORD Christchurch Festival
  • SMALL BUT AWESOME Rotorua Noir in January
  • YEARS OF PLEASURE Jennifer Beck on writing picture books
  • POEM FOR TIME OUT BOOKSTORE Kiri Piahana-Wong celebrates Bookshop Day
  • GROWING A NATION OF READERS About the latest research into reading
  • BUCKING THE TREND Andrew M. Bell tells about his all-male book group
  • RECOGNISING LIVES THAT MATTER From PEN NZ correspondent Dana Wensley
  • CLASSIFIEDS

NZ Author – Spring – Issue 314

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Contents of this issue include:

WHO’S WHO Contributors in this issue

EDITOR’S NOTE Tina Shaw
PRESIDENT’S REPORT Siobhan Harvey
CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT Jenny Nagle
GOVERNANCE REPORT Philippa Werry
CHRIS ELSE NZSA President of Honour 
SPEAKING IN VOICES Three NZ authors at the National Writers Forum
NZSA NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM What’s in the programme 
PITCH PERFECT Pitching at the National Writers Forum
GUIDING LIGHT An inspiring programme of Māori writing talent
WORLD CLASS PRACTITIONERS Joys and headaches of judging a book award by Maureen Crisp
UNIQUE VOICES About the ReadNZ campaign
GROWING ATTRACTION Q&A with Ruby Porter
CHANGES IN ARTS FUNDING A look at Creative NZ’s arts strategy by Rae McGregor
SEARCHING FOR ISABEL H. Vivienne Plumb in Berlin 
A DISTINCTIVE RESIDENCY James Norcliffe at the Randell Cottage
NURSE TO THE IMAGINATION The Burns turns 60 by Philip Temple
LOVELY PLACES TO EAT A MANGO Brigid Lowry considers the art of journalling
GOING WEST Talking to Programme Director Nicola Strawbridge
A DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE Caroline Barron attends a special writing workshop
BONHOMIE AND WINNING WORDS Organising the NZSA AGM by Adrian Blackburn
FREE SPEECH: A HUMAN RIGHT NOT A MARKETING TOOL From PEN NZ correspondent Dana Wensley
CLASSIFIEDS

NZ Author – Winter – Issue 313

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Contents of this issue include:

  • WHO’S WHO Contributors in this issue
  • EDITOR’S NOTE Tina Shaw
  • PRESIDENT’S REPORT Siobhan Harvey
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPORT Jenny Nagle
  • GOVERNANCE REPORT Philippa Werry
  • JANICE MARRIOTT Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal
  • MANY LEAVES TURNING A look at the history of book awards in New Zealand
  • SHOWCASING NEW ZEALAND WRITERS Anne O’Brien offers insights into the running of the Auckland Writers Festival
  • THE MICHAEL GIFKINS PRIZE Geoff Walker
  • ANNOUNCING THE 2018 NZSA NATIONAL WRITERS FORUM A peek at what we can look forward to
  • NUDGING WRITERS INTO THE LIGHT Q&A with new Landfall editor Emma Neale
  • EXCITING THINGS ON THE HORIZON This year’s Mentor Programme
  • CAPTURING THE WRITER’S VOICE We talk to those involved in a bilingual publication
  • TRANSLATION BETWEEN LANGUAGES Vaughan Rapatahana on translating te reo
  • POEM ‘Rākau’ by Alice Te Punga Somerville
  • SEVEN WRITERS IN A VAN A special WOW tour is remembered
  • THE MAGIC OF AUGMENTED REALITY Maria Gill goes on a Story Tour
  • BUILDING COLLECTIONS Lesley Marshall has been collecting ephemera
  • SO THAT THIS MOMENT EXISTS On the art of writing memoir by Lynn Jenner
  • DOUBLE AGENTS A new literary agency in town
  • SOCIAL MEDIA, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE NEW CHALLENGES IN FREE SPEECH From PEN NZ correspondent Dana Wensley
  • CLASSIFIEDS

NZ Author – Autumn – Issue 312

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Contributors
  • Who’s Who in This Issue
  • Editor’s NoteTina Shaw
  • Feedback Letters to the editor
  • President’s Report Siobhan Harvey
  • CEO Report Jenny Nagle
  • Governance Report Philippa Werry
  • Joy Cowley New Year’s Honours
  • Waitangi Day Honours Ashleigh Young receives national recognition in the NZSA Waitangi Day Honours
  • On Working, Writing and Doubting Reflecting on what it is like to be a writer by Ashleigh Young
  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship 2018 recipients
  • Poem ‘Love is a resurrection’ by Courtney Sina Meredith
  • Wise Words Inspiration on a writer’s life by Donna Rutherford
  • From Mentorship to Partnership Q&A Jennifer Lane with mentor Penelope Todd
  • The Lost Art of Letter Writing Wendy Megget looks at a dying art
  • After the Course is Over Setting up a writing group by Michelanne Forster
  • 10 Step Guide to Writing a Column Ro Cambridge breaks it down
  • Paved With Good Intentions Jenny Robin Jones found the road to obtaining permissions a hard one
  • samesame but different Writers’ Festival A festival with a difference kicked off for a third year running by Joanne Drayton
  • Knowledge and Armour Carolyn Gillum on being the recipient of the 2016 Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship
  • Help a Kid Read Why reading is good for kids by David Hill
  • PEN NZ Dana Wensley reflects on why so many poets are imprisoned
  • Classifieds

NZ Author – Summer – Issue 311

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Contributors
  • Who’s Who in This Issue
  • Editor’s NoteNadine Rubin Nathan
  • Tribute To Our President of Honour: Bernard Brown   Graeme Lay
  • President’s Report   Siobahn Harvey
  • CEO’s Report   Jenny Nagle
  • Governance Report   Philippa Werry
  • Pen (NZ)   Dana Wensley
  • Copyright Act Review Special Why Copyight is the Issue of the Year   Paula Browning
  • Q&A   Dana Wensley quizzes CLNZ’s Paula Browning
  • The View from Across the Ditch  Lessons from Australia’s Copyright Act Review   Catriona Ferguson
  • The Copyright Symposium   Jenny Nagle reports back
  • Copyright: A Complex Subject in a Busy World   CLNZ’s Tom Hill
  • Commons Interests   Elizabeth Heritage makes the case for Creative Commons Licenses
  • Craft   What Crime-writing Taught Me About Writing  Carmen Radtke
  • Weekend Warriors Is an entire weekend at the Kahini Kapiti writer’s retreat too much or just right?
  • The Postcard is Never the Picture Damon Stapleton on the importance of experience in storytelling
  • Dunedin’s Literary Walking Tours Beverly Martens

NZ Author – Spring – Issue 310

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Who’s who: Contributors in this issue
  • Editor’s Note: Nadine Rubin Nathan
  • President’s Report: Siobahn Harvey
  • Chief Executive’s Report: Jenny Nagle
  • Philippa Werry Governance Report
  • Writers on writers: Paul Maunder on the late British art critic and novelist, John Berger
  • Book Excerpt: This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art by Anthony Byrt
  • When Print Meets Poetry Paul Thompson on The Wai-te-ata Companion to Poetry
  • Getting Published How to Pitch Non Fiction by Penguin Random House’s Jeremy Sherlock
  • Regretfully Yours Why writers should share tales of failure. By David Hill
  • Honing your Super Power 
  • Nadine Rubin Nathan share’s George Saunders’ wisdom
  • Champions of Children’s Literature Remembering Barbara Muirson MNZM and John McIntyre by Rosemary Wildblood  and Phillipa Werry
  • Telling Tales in Otahuhu Rachel O’ Connor on the 1001 Nights Writing Project in South Auckland
  • 10 Questions for Storylines By Nadine Rubin Nathan
  • The winners’ listThe 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: 
  • Making a Living Through Words Caroline Barron on the upcoming Michael King Writers’ Centre Annual Writer’s Weekend
  • Exciting New Award The Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel
  • PEN in New Zealand A history by Dana Wensley
  • Poem Patches hide no scars by Haare Williams

NZ Author – Winter 2017 – Issue 309

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Editor’s Note Nadine Rubin Nathan
  • Life re-cycles NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
  • NZSA Governance Report Philippa Werry – National Council
  • Meet the New NZSA President Siobhan Harvey
  • Master of the (Kiwi) Universe Kyle Mewburn on Des Hunt
  • It’s a…Website! Jane Arthur, co-editor The Sapling
  • Now Read This David Hill
  • No He Said, She Said Sandi Hall
  • How I Researched and Wrote my Book Crime reporter Anna Leask
  • Why Inclusiveness Counts Adrienne Jansen
  • NZSA Honour Haare Williams
  • The Write Stuff Nadine Rubin Nathan on Bonnie Etherington 
  • PEN NZ Dana Wensley
  • Cutting Libraries Denys Trussell 
  • Writers Write! Jenny Argante
  • Classifieds

NZ Author – Autumn 2017 – Issue 308

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Editors’ Note Nadine Rubin Nathan
  • Twilight Zone NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
  • From the National Office Jackie Dennis CEO
  • Sir James McNeish: a Writer’s Writer Bernard Brown & Adrian Blackburn
  • To the Ice! Philippa Werry in Antarctica
  • Ocean Bay Caroline L. Barron’s award-winning travel feature
  • Notes from a Writerpreneur Thomas Ryan
  • Journaling for Writers Helen Lehndorf
  • Poem: ‘Mana’ by Karlo Mila
  • PEN NZ Fake news, freedom of speech and the decline of knowledge
  • AGM 2017 What to expect in Christchurch
  • Governance Report News from the National Council
  • Classifieds

NZ Author – Summer 2016 – Issue 307

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Forum-idable NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
  • From the National Office Jackie Dennis CEO
  • On Becoming a Writer Phillip Mann
  • Your Presence is… David Hill
  • Frankfurt Book Fair Linda Cassells
  • Award to Marilyn Duckworth
  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship Rae Mcgregor
  • NZ Architectural Writing John Walsh
  • Steam Press Short Story Sci Fi Ann Glamuzina
  • Jewish Exodus from Iraq Revisited Ali Shakir
  • PEN – not Forgotten Rae Mcgregor
  • Writers: – an Endangered Species Joan Rosier- Jones
  • NZ Book Week in Northland Julie O’Brien
  • NZ Book Weel Canterbury Workshops
  • Good News
  • Classifieds

NZ Author – Spring 2016 – Issue 306

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Mid-Winter Careers NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
  • Once Unpublished: AGM Report Maggie Rainey-Smith
  • Resident David Hill Massey University Writer in Residence 2016
  • The NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship Michael Harlow
  • Successful Playwriting Justin Eade
  • BOOSTED: Making Art Happen Dominic Hoey
  • PANZ Book Design Awards Anna Egan-Reid: Allen & Unwin Young Designer of the Year
  • Petunia Paris’s Parrot Katie Haworth
  • The National Writers Forum: Ten Reasons why you should attend
  • The National Writers Forum Programme
  • Ashton Wylie Award winners
  • Trying to get Published Across the Ditch Elsbeth Hardie
  • Book Week 22-30 October 2016
  • The Dublin Writers Museum Rae McGregor
  • Writers on Writers: Looking back at PEN Gazette 1970
  • Sex Sells: By a respectable author who would prefer to remain anonymous
  • PEN, Podcasts, and the Pacific: Dana Wensley – Stepping beyond national borders
  • Membership Benefits
  • Classifieds

NZ Author – Winter 2016 – issue 305

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Contents of this issue include:

  • Flops and Hoppleplops NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
  • Ockham NZ Book Awards Fiction winner Stephen Daisley
  • Blood on the Floor Ben Sanders writes a killer novel
  • Late Bloomer Rachael Craw – how to create a successful YA series
  • A Twilight World Helen Lowe – international fantasy writer
  • Fired Up and Curious Robert Sullivan talks about the life of a working poet
  • Where we Were Extract from Philip Temple’s Janet Frame Memorial Lecture
  • Academy Of NZ Literature Paula Morris’ new literary initiative
  • Light, Weather & Words Kirsten Warner reports on a bus shelter poetry initiative
  • Copyright Licensing NZ Vanda Symon reports on recent activities
  • Deleting the Parts Dana Wensley – the art of self-censorship
  • Classifieds
  • Membership benefits

NZ Author – Autumn 2016 – issue 304

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Articles in this issue include:

  • Media storms and showers by NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
  • Governance Report
  • The Blind Foundations interpretation of Section 69 of the Copyright Act… and the Marrakesh Treaty by CEO Jackie Dennis
  • Copyright Fiction and Facts by John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers Union of Canada
  • Does your Character Lack a Beating Heart? tips by Sue Reidy
  • Distribution of Self Published Books by Julie O’Brien 
  • Writing by Numbers by Gretchen Carroll
  • Children’s Literature Hub by Helen Mongillo
  • Auckland Writers Lounge is Back Liz Allen and Siobhan Harvey spread the good news
  • PEN International, Shakespeare, Censorship and Controversy by Dana Wensley
  • Island to Arctic Carolyn Gillum is the recipient of the Winston Churchill McNeish Writer’s Fellowship
  • Pass it On by David Hill
  • Janet Frame Memorial Lecture to be delivered by President of Honour Philip Temple, March 12
  • A Writer’s Predicament by Jewell Dell
  • Short Story: Primum Non Nocere by Eileen Merriman
  • Annual Waitangi Day Honours congratulations to Paul Cleave and Anna Smaill
  • Classifieds
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NZ Author – Summer 2015 – Issue 303    
Articles in this issue include:

CEO Report by Jackie Dennis
Icebergs in a Twitter Sea by NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
Behind the Scenes: Advocating for writers by Jackie Dennis
Spring in Prague by David Howard recipient of the 2016 Prague Residency
Sex and Censorship: Navigating Freedom of Speech after Into the River by Dana Wensley
We Create by Paula Browning CEO CLNZ and Chair of WeCreate
Listen Up! Public Lending Right by Karen Trebilcock
Trans Pacific Partnership: Agreement concluded by Rick Shera
Splitting the Heading Dog a new Graphic Novel by Mat Tait and Mike Brown
Writers on Writers by Vanda Symon
Zine There, Done That by Sergio Cornaga
NZ Indie Book Festival by Rae McGregor
Branch Profile: Top of the South by Sue Perkins
So Where’s the Value in a Writing Course? by Diane Brown
Why you need a manuscript assessment by Sue Reidy
Self –publishing: The booksellers’ perspective by Julie O’Brien
Creating Worlds: Research, Imagination and Serendipity in Fiction Writing by Caroline Barron
Proud Words by Sandi Hall

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NZ Author – Spring 2015 – Issue 302
Articles in this issue include:

CEO Report by Jackie Dennis
‘And the winner is…’ by NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
Speaking Truth to Power by Philip Temple: President of Honour
Truth Matters by Nidhi Zak Eipe
Freedom of Speech and Linguistic Diversity by Dana Wensley
Sinking in the Quicksand of Words by Ali Shakir
How to Avoid the Perils of writing too many words by Sue Reidy
Should I Sign This? The pitfalls of a publishing contract by Joan Rosier Jones
Nielsen Book Services by Nevena Nikolic
Kindle Unlimited has Changed. An overview by Thomas Ryan
Writers on Writers by Tessa Duder
Carla Sy is PANZ Young Designer of the Year
Out of the Mouths by David Hill
Book Week, An NZSA Initiative
Quick as a Flash Flash Fiction by Gretchen Carroll
Writers Helping Writers by Jenny Argante
Another Personal Take on Post Graduate Study by Vivienne Plumb

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NZ Author – Winter 2015 – Issue 301
Articles in this issue include:

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CEO Report by Jackie Dennis
Where to Fromm here? by NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
Romance and Reality – Janet Frame Memorial Lecture by Daphne De Jong
Young Voices Young Writers Programme: Michael King Centre
Awakening Curiosity Writing Science for Children by Gillian Calder
Pen Matters: Freedom of Speech after Charlie Hebdo by Dana Wensley
A Personal Take on a PhD by Zana Bell
Rock Bottom by David Hill
Proof Reading by Patricia Bell
The play’s the Thing by Richard De Luca
Havelock North for our AGM
Indie Authors – How they can promote themselves Online by Sarah Gumbley
NZ Author – Autumn 2015 – Issue 300
Articles in this issue include:

CEO Report by Jackie Dennis
Restructure, Revise, Strengthen by NZSA President Kyle Mewburn
Jack Lasenby on his Prime Minsters Award
The ‘Optics’ of Awards by Lisa Taylor
Public Lending Right by Karen Trebilcock
Distributing Your Book by Paul Cameron
Indie Publishing by Lorraine Steele
How Bookshops Fare in the Provinces by Tina Shaw
Setting Up a Book Tour by Dr Trish Nicholson
From Charlie Hebdo to Courage by Dana Wensley
PEN Matters by Lesley Marshall
Choose a Book by its Cover by Rae McGregor
Improved in Translation: Bernard Brown Poet
Pirate Tale by Adrian Blackburn

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