Through the eyes of children: debut tales win Ngaio Marsh Awards

Fresh voices came to the fore at WORD Christchurch Spring Festival on Saturday afternoon as Becky Manawatu and RWR McDonald were named the winners of the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards.

Posted: Monday November 2, 2020

Québec en toutes lettres

Québec City was the first French-speaking city to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. Québec City is one of the oldest European cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Québec are the only remaining fortified city walls in the Americas north of Mexico and because of...

Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020

Theatre Review: Partially Furnished

Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020

Dunedin Fringe 2021 Resource Files

Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020

2020 Sunday Star Times Short Story Awards - Terms and Conditions

Entries for the 2020 Sunday Star-Times short story competition are open. Now in their 37th year, the awards are among New Zealand's most prestigious and established writing prizes. The competition has helped launch the careers of many well-known writers including Eleanor Catton, Owen Marshall, Sarah Laing, Norman Bilbrough, Barbara Anderson,...

Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020

The Sets by Victor Billot

In store February 2021

Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020

"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

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