"Little Prince" Writing Competition

Imagine that the Little Prince is Back!

Posted: Wednesday October 28, 2020

Queenstown Writers Festival

Posted: Wednesday October 28, 2020

Streets of city put to verse

The deeply ingrained habit of walking the city’s streets and writing poetry has been celebrated in a Dunedin Unesco City of Literature project.

Posted: Monday October 26, 2020

Poet Laureate Weekend at Matahiwi Marae

Last weekend David Eggleton celebrated his New Zealand Poet Laureateship at Matahiwi marae accompanied by Charles Ropitini, whanau, friends, National Library staff (including the Library’s empathetic Laureate champion Peter Ireland) and poets (Jenny Powell, Kay McKenzie Cooke and Michael O’Leary). David was presented his tokotoko carved by Haumoana carver Jacob Scott.

Posted: Monday October 26, 2020

MORE moppy mayhem!

Posted: Wednesday October 21, 2020

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Poetry at Christchurch’s WORD Festival

WORD 2020 in Christchurch is a celebration of writers, books, thinks, talkers, journalists in Aotearoa. Honestly I haven’t dared look at the programme until today because I didn’t want to jinx heading south to participate in this festival.

Posted: Tuesday October 20, 2020

University of Otago fellowships named

Award-winning novelist and West Coast newspaper reporter Becky Manawatu has been named as next year’s University of Otago Burns Fellow.

Posted: Tuesday October 20, 2020

Life of an artist

It is fitting a new book about Ralph Hotere shines light in darkness, sheds light about darkness and reveals the limits of light against darkness. Bruce Munro talks to acclaimed New Zealand writer Vincent O’Sullivan about the joys, insights and frustrations of writing a biographical portrait of his late friend,...

Posted: Tuesday October 20, 2020

Paul Sorrell's latest book Getting Closer is due for release February 2021.

Pre-order your copy now!

Posted: Tuesday October 20, 2020

Expressions of Interest: Mātātuhi Foundation 2020 Literary Funding Grants

The Mātātuhi Foundation wants to help shift the dial on the reach and engagement that NZ writers achieve with NZ readers. We do that by supporting innovative and expansive projects with seed funding of up to $5,000.

Posted: Monday October 19, 2020


Covid alert levels required the 2020 NZCYA judges to do things a little differently, but we’re hopeful our 2021 judges will be able to present their results in person at an awards ceremony in Wellington in August.

Posted: Wednesday October 14, 2020

Poet laureate's tenure extended after Hawke's Bay inauguration

David Eggleton was inaugurated as New Zealand's poet laureate at Matahiwi Marae near Clive on Saturday, with his tenure in the role being extended another year.

Posted: Wednesday October 14, 2020

NZ Bookshop Day is Saturday 17 October 2020

2020 will see us celebrate NZ Bookshop Day for the sixth time, drawing thousands of people into their local bookshops to buy books to celebrate their third place: their local bookshop.

Posted: Tuesday October 13, 2020

Global Media and Information Literacy Week

Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, commemorated annually, is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “MIL for All”.

Posted: Tuesday October 13, 2020

HONE TUWHARE – The People's Poet

Posted: Tuesday October 13, 2020

Bilingual Māori literature journal launches in Te Reo heartland

This week the literary community celebrates the online launch of the new bilingual Māori literature journal Te Whē – te hau o te whenua. Featuring poetry, short stories and essays in Te Reo Māori and English, the journal includes work from some of Aotearoa’s most talented Māori writers.

Posted: Monday October 12, 2020

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