A Poetry Shelf gathering: A handful of Starlings read from the latest issue

Starling 10 is not long out so I decided to celebrate this fabulous issue with a wee poetry reading. Starling was founded by Louise Wallace and is co-edited by Francis Cooke. It is a meeting ground for writers in Aotearoa under 25. Long may it continue.

Posted: Tuesday September 1, 2020

Teenage poet bags another top award

Darcy Monteath has a way with words.

Posted: Wednesday August 26, 2020

Rhian Gallagher's poetry collection Far flung

Poet Rhian Gallagher's latest collection Far Flung takes us from South Island bush to Dunedin's notorious Seacliff Mental Hospital.

Posted: Monday August 24, 2020

Having the goods

Choie Sew Hoy was one of Otago’s most prominent entrepreneurs. Raised in Guandong, China, Sew Hoy came to Dunedin in 1869, via the California and Victoria goldfields.

Posted: Monday August 24, 2020

Stories in words and pictures

Comic artist Veronica Brett is capturing her world in words and pictures.

Posted: Monday August 24, 2020

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival announces two UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Writers in Residence

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival today announced two virtual UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Writers in Residence for the 2020 Festival: Anita Terpstra from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, and Paddy Richardson from Dunedin, New Zealand.

Posted: Wednesday August 19, 2020

Call for proposals for January–December 2021

Blue Oyster Art Project Space invites proposals from arts practitioners for projects between January–December 2021.

Posted: Monday August 17, 2020

Arts Pupils’ ideas brought to life

Kids say the darndest things – especially when it comes to creating their own story books.

Posted: Monday August 17, 2020

Kate di Goldi - creating our first Reading Ambassador

Here in New Zealand we rather pride ourselves in our enthusiasm for reading. But it doesn't happen by accident, here or overseas.

Posted: Monday August 17, 2020

Entries are now open for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Entries are now open for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, for New Zealand books published between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Posted: Thursday August 13, 2020

Readings from the latest issue of Landfall

To celebrate the arrival of Landfall 239, edited by Emma Neale, NZ Poetry Shelf invited a few poets to read their poems from the issue.

Posted: Thursday August 13, 2020

Applications for the second round of 110 projects in 2021 are now open.

The Ministry of Education is looking for professional artists and creative practitioners to partner with schools and kura in designing creative projects for delivery over 8–20 weeks.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

Allen & Unwin announces major new Crime Fiction Prize worth $25,000

ATTENTION ALL CRIME AND THRILLER WRITERS! Why wait to make crime pay? Is there a manuscript in your bottom drawer just waiting to be finished? Have you got a burning idea for the perfect crime . . . on paper?

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

Precious package

A special book in a box celebrates botanist Daniel Solander's contribution to New Zealand's history.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

Fragile but beautiful: Otago academic’s COVID-19 bubble concept

The creator of New Zealand’s bubble concept, introduced early on in the COVID-19 response to ensure Kiwis maintained social distancing, has been surprised and delighted by the take up of his idea.

Posted: Sunday August 9, 2020

New Zealand Reading Ambassador Role Announced

Te Puna Foundation are thrilled to support the New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people. This exciting new role was announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Internal Affairs, Tracey Martin at a Celebration of Reading event at the National Library of New Zealand on Wednesday...

Posted: Friday August 7, 2020

Writer-illustrators share craft with pupils

Purakaunui School pupils were joined by two special visitors this week.

Posted: Thursday August 6, 2020

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