The Going West Books and Writers Festival celebrates 20 years with a line-up of outstanding home-grown authors, playwrights and songwriters in a packed programme of events this weekend.
Featuring enthralling new non-fiction by David Slack, Roger Horrocks, and Geoff Chapple; novelists Anna Smaill (below left), Greg McGee and Stephanie Johnson and poetry by Harry Ricketts and Leilani Tamu.
Please be advised that Into the River has once again been banned, until the next meeting of the full Film & Literature Review Board. Member bookshops need to withdraw any copies they have on their shelves from sale. This is a temporary ban brought about by a decision from the President of the Film & Literature Review Board, following a further complaint from Family First NZ. It has been indicated that the board many meet later this month.
Literacy Aotearoa and New Zealand Post are celebrating five years of Travelling Books with more than ten thousand brand new books to be given away for free next week.
From Saturday, volunteers from Literacy Aotearoa will be out on the streets in towns and cities around the country promoting adult literacy and handing out books to members of the public. No money changes hands, but readers are asked to enjoy the books and pass them on to another reader.
A survey released by Paper Plus Group today on the reading habits of New Zealand parents shows only six per cent of households name dads as the main reader of stories to their children. Three out of four dads want to read more to their children, stating a lack of time as their main barrier to doing so.
The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand; a three-fold increase on the number of judges in previous years which reflects the Awards’ new judging structure.
Each of the Awards’ four categories - Fiction, Poetry, General Non-Fiction and Illustrated Non-Fiction - and the awards for Best First Book in those categories, will be judged by a panel of three judges, all specialists in their fields. A Maori language adviser will judge the Maori Language Award.
During his lifetime, Alan Gilderdale was best known as the illustrator of the iconic children’s book The Little Yellow Digger. But over much of his career he was also quietly working away in his studio on his first calling – painting. Now his wife and co-creator of the bestselling series, Betty, is setting out to gain the recognition for the artist’s accomplishments he never actively sought himself.
Wellington-based online news agency NewsRoom_Plus has chipped into National Poetry Day by recording a reading of two satirical and whimsical newspaper verses from the days of ‘Whim Wham’.
“What better way to celebrate the joy of the written and spoken word – the real essence of poetry – than by recalling the marathon efforts of Allen Curnow to marry the poetic form with every day news events,” says NewsRoom_Plus journalist Stephen Olsen.
A Year 13 student at Auckland International College has won the National Schools Poetry Award for 2015, organised by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).
Grace Lee (below) won the award for her poem ‘Eileithyia’, which she says was inspired by the timeless ritual of birth.
Grace says she has been interested in writing and reading poetry for a long time.