The Jane Austen Symposium, Wellington, 8 April 2017

Guest speakers include New Zealand award winning author Sarah Laing and fashion historian The Dreamstress, Leimomi Oakes.
Ticket includes: morning/afternoon tea and a regency lunch
Date: Saturday 8 April, all day, at the Thistle Inn. 
Ticket $195
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South Auckland School Students to Join Internationally Renowned Authors at Auckland Writers Festival

Students from three South Auckland schools will attend the Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme and receive one-on-one mentoring, gratis, in an initiative aimed at fostering Māori and Pasifika writing talent.
More than 90 students from Sir Edmund Hillary College, Otahuhu College and Manurewa High School will be rubbing shoulders with some of the best international and local novelists, poets, illustrators and performers in the programme which commences on 16 May.

Poetry dedication to Rachel Bush, Event at Volume

The new independent bookshop, Volume, is hosting a special reading of poems written by the late Rachel Bush. 
Shifts of Tongue features Wellington-based poet Harry Ricketts together with Nelson-based poets/writers Ruth Allison, Cliff Fell and Lindsay Pope. They will be reading a selection of works by Bush and some of their own work.
Bush, aged 75, passed away in March last year just one month prior to the publication of her final book of poems, Thought Horses. Bush grew up in Christchurch and later moved with husband, Maori traditional instrumentalist, Richard Nunns, to Nelson.

Bookslut editor and ex-feminist, Jessa Crispin, to appear in Wellington 2017

‘Despite the simplicity and obviousness of the dictionary definition of feminism, and despite years of working at feminist non-profits and decades of advocacy, I am disowning the label. If you asked me today if I am a feminist I would not only say no, I would say no with a sneer.’

The Great War for New Zealand Launch event to be televised

BWB Books is experiencing a lot of momentum behind The Great War for New Zealand by Vincent O'Malley and wanted to alert you to an event they're holding at the Auckland Museum on Monday (21 November). 
Mihi Forbes and The Hui (TV3) have just confirmed they are going to televise the event, for broadcast on Sunday 4 December. Details below.

Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale in 4 Tales, the NZBC Lecture, delivered by Selina Tusitala Marsh.

The New Zealand Book Council invites you to join us for the 2016 NZ Book Council Lecture:

Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale in 4 Tales. Delivered by Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Friday 11 November, 6pm
RSVP: This is a free event, but spaces are limited. Please email to secure your seat

Capital to crawl with talent when literary festival returns in November

Wellington’s best-loved little literary festival – LitCrawl – returns for just one night next month, showcasing the words and wisdom of Aotearoa’s finest poets, parents, critics, essayists, illustrators and artists at some of the capital’s quirkiest venues. 

FESTA 2016 releases programme of vibrant urban creativity for Labour Weekend

A village of resourcefulness (designed and fabricated from waste materials), where skilled craftspeople undertake high quality crafts that are zero waste in nature in a series of temporary shelters; a hands-on activity for kids where they create ‘mutant monsters’ from the parts of old toys; a pop-up restaurant in a bespoke pavilion where diners encounter the full food system; a spectacular temporary city, where waste materials are transformed into beautiful installations, which in turn transform vacant sites in and around the Christchurch Art Gallery in a bold, reimagined Christchurch.

NZ Book Festival on in Auckland, Saturday 5 November

Be a part of New Zealand’s biggest ever book signing and chat with over 70 passionate Kiwi authors from all over New Zealand. You’ll be able to browse through, and purchase, books you might not find on mainstream book shop shelves, discovering gems from a diverse range of genres – and authors!
It’s an exciting time for the literary world, with the resurgence of independent publishing bringing new voices to the fore, allowing for diversity in the publishing landscape.  The NZ Book Festival brings writers and readers together to share this common love of the written word.

Recent whale sightings in New Zealand art and literature

A lecture to be held next week at Victoria University of Wellington will explore Gregory O’Brien’s “sightings” of whales in contemporary New Zealand art and literature. 
The lecture, titled Always song in the water, will analyse the ways in which whales are used as metaphors and potent symbols, and continue to surface, often quite surprisingly, in all manner of personal and cultural narratives.