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!”

Wanaka Gets New Mountain Book Event

New to Wanaka for 2016 is the book and literature event being held in both Wanaka and Queenstown. The event includes a literature competition, workshops, storytelling, poetry, speakers and author readings. The goal of the new shows are to offer a variety of formats to make adventure, mountain and expedition stories accessible to a range of new audiences. The event complements the well attended and much loved Film Festival content and offers both the adventurers and the audience different ways to be involved with the Festival.

Let’s Talk about Writing: A reading and Q & A session with author David Hill

High school students and their parents are invited to join author of young adult fiction David Hill for a reading from his fiction and a Q & A session on the writing life. The current Massey writer-in-residence, David has published over thirty volumes and is a winner of the Esther Glen Medal and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. While writer-in-residence at Massey he has been writing a Young Adult novel set during World War II as well as a picture book based on the life of New Zealand aviator Jean Batten.

Seminar: Selling Self-published Books to Bookshops

Don’t just print it, sell it - book markets and methods
Come and join your fellow self-published authors at this seminar about what bookshops look for, when stocking a self-published book. Held during the Booksellers NZ conference, this is a unique chance to meet some booksellers and learn more about the industry you are now part of. 
  • Learn from experts about the realities of the book market.
  • Find out how to make your book more visible in the marketplace.
  • Learn about the Nielsen database for books and why it’s so important.
  • Find out about the steps you need to take to engage booksellers and readers to make sure that your book sells and keeps selling.
Featuring speakers Tony Moores (Manager, Poppies Group), Nevena Nikolic (Marketing Manager, Nielsen Book NZ), Karen McMillan (PR expert, self-published author), Mary Egan and Sophia Egan-Reid (Egan Reid designers), Stella Chrysostomou (bookseller), and Zee Southcombe (bookseller, self-published author). 
When: Saturday 2 July, 10am - 12 noon
Cost: $100 per participant, payable by direct credit or PayPal
Where: Calder McKay Room, Heritage Hotel, Hobson St, Auckland 
Includes: Take-away information sheets about selling your self-published work in to bookshops 
Registrations open: Monday 30 May, closing 5pm, Wednesday 22 June
Bookshops and libraries: Please print this PDF flyer and give it out at your bookshop or library branch over the coming weeks. 

Yarns in Barns Festival of Reading Programme announced

A literary feast awaits visitors to the Wairarapa following the announcement of the biennial Yarns in Barns Wairarapa Festival of Reading Programme.
Witty debate, music, food and fitness, tales from the barn and the bush, literary discussion plus poems in a vineyard will all feature in this years Festival.

Escape to Tauranga for Queen's Birthday weekend

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-themed morning tea.