Barbara Else gives her Margaret Mahy speech for a Wellington audience

An invitation from The Children's Bookshop, Wellington
Award-winning writer and literary agent Barbara Else was named the 2016 winner of New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators in March. The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal is awarded annually for lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s literature.
As part of the award Barbara was invited to present a public lecture in Auckland in April. 

Ladies' Litera-tea 2016, 30 October 2016

The Women's Bookshop in Ponsonby is again holding their famous Ladies' Litera-tea this year, this time the day after National Bookshop Day.
We are thrilled with the exciting line-up of authors this year – confirmed so far, in no particular order, are:
Catherine Chidgey with her long-awaited, stunning new novel The Wish Child 
Helene Wong with her fascinating experiences of Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
Poet Paula Green taking you on enchanting travels in New York Pocket Book 

Bestselling Author Justin Cronin to visit New Zealand

Bestselling American author Justin Cronin (right, photo credit Julie Soefer) is set to visit New Zealand as part of a nationwide tour to promote The City of Mirrors, the conclusion to the epic trilogy that began with The Passage

The Women's Bookshop hosts Matt Vickers, author of Lecritia's Choice

Lecretia's Choice – A story of love, death and the law. We are honoured to host Matt Vickers, husband of Lecretia Seales, during his brief visit to Auckland. This brave & moving book is the story of his wife, a lawyer diagnosed with a brain tumour who chose to campaign for the rights & dignity of the terminally ill. All welcome.
Matt Vickers, author of Lecretia's Choice

Poets compete for New Zealand’s Biggest Poetry Slam Prize

Hot on the heels of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (26 August), the heats are on find the poets who will take the honours in Going West Books and Writers Festival’s 21st year Poetry Slam. 
Poets can register now to take part in their local selection event. The top three placings from each heat go directly through to the grand final.  It’s a poetry slam worth going all-out for: First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and the third prize winner gets $300 – the biggest prize pool for poetry slam in the country. 

XCHC Friday Presents: From the Ground Up

Just in time for the sixth anniversary of the September 2010 earthquake, three post-quake stories will be told in this night of song, literature and visual art.
Artist Liam Dangerfield opens his second exhibition entitled Cityscapes, showcasing Christchurch's ever-changing faces. 
Singer-songwriter Lisa Tui will perform songs inspired by Liam's first exhibition, Paintings of the City, and will conduct Bright On Vibes choir in arrangements specifically chosen for the evening. 

Most Impressive Event Programme To Date For Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

Today sees the launch of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day’s most impressive event programme to date. Enjoying its 19th year, National Poetry Day will be celebrated on Friday 26th August and continue its legacy of taking poetry to the people all over New Zealand.
This year’s programme – tagged ‘Unleash the Power of Poetry’ – features 100 events around the country engaging thousands of Kiwis of all ages. From small towns to big cities, primary school classrooms to rest-homes, pubs to cyberspace this year’s events are some of the most creative and accessible yet. 

Going West Festival a Feast of Storytelling for us all

The 21st Going West Books and Writers Festival marks a new era, with new creative directors and a packed programme of events  proudly featuring home-grown authors, playwrights and songwriters in venues across West Auckland this September. 
Nicola Strawbridge, an experienced magazine and book editor, together with writer, critic and agency creative, Mark Easterbrook, spearhead this year’s programme, following Murray Gray’s retirement after 20 years at the helm. 
Strawbridge says honouring the established flavour of the festival was important to them whilst crafting this year’s new events. 

NZ Mountain Film Festival biggest turnout ever

The 14th annual NZ Mountain Film Festival got off to a roaring start in Wanaka over the weekend. Excited crowds packed the Lake Wanaka Centre and Rippon Hall for five days to view a world-class collection of adventure films and speakers. The audience numbers have been the largest ever seen by the Trust despite there has been a significant increase in the amount of shows and speakers on offer. The audience was made up of loyal supporters who have attended event for 14 years, new local people from within the region, adventurers from all over New Zealand and a record number of filmmakers.

Leading Writers and Exciting New Voices in this year’s Writers on Mondays Programme

Writers on Mondays 2016 brings together a line-up of exciting new and established talents to showcase what’s happening in the world of New Zealand writing. 
Headlining Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) 2016 season are award-winning New Zealand authors Anne Kennedy, Patricia Grace and Jenny Bornholdt. 
Director of IIML Professor Damien Wilkins says the combination of new voices and established writers in Writers on Mondays is wonderful. 
“This series is a brilliant fixture on the literary calendar and it’s free!”