This lovely city/village bookshop inspired a poem by Kate Rassie (see below), that wins her a full set of BWB Texts, on one of the special BWB Texts stands. And there were so many great entries for Time Out that Simon Day has been awarded runner-up, and will receive 4 Texts of his choice!
I write and read poetry, yet what is it exactly? The more I try to define it, the more its boundaries blur and morph. What does poetry, this living art form, say about how we experience the world? The fact that poetry magnificently shifts and shapes itself with us is a big part of what National Poetry Day celebrates and champions every year.
Email from Office of Film and Literature Classification
"This update is to notify libraries and booksellers that the R14 age restriction on Ted Dawe’s book Into the River has been replaced by a new decision of the Office of Film and Literature Classification. The book is now classified as Unrestricted. It does not need to display any kind of label, and the book can now be supplied to anyone of any age.
From seasoned award-winners to newbies facing a microphone for the first time, National Poetry Day – Friday, 28 August – unleashes the power and excitement of poetry for one incredible day of activity all around New Zealand.
Going West Books and Writers Festival is celebrating its 20th year by announcing a history-making partnership with Auckland’s new home for Māori theatre, Te Pou.
Together, they will present a Kōanga (Spring) Festival offering a range of performances, writing workshops and readings beginning on 1 September with a brunch for koroua and kuia (older men and women) from the industry and local community, culminating in a community Whānau Day of storytelling on Saturday 12 September.
The Auckland Museum and NZ Society of Authors are once again delighted to offer two research grants for writers who want to utilise the considerable facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of their fiction or non-fiction manuscript.
This year’s grants comprise of:
One National Grant of $4,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers Centre in Devonport.
One Auckland Regional Grant of $2,500 for writers from the Auckland region.
The Arts Council has committed a further $10.5 million to 26 arts organisations in its latest multi-year investment funding round.
Arts Council Chairman, Dr Dick Grant says the Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) and Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) investment programmes were established in 2012 to ensure New Zealand’s arts infrastructure was intentionally strengthened and enriched. “These programmes provide funding for between one and five years and account for more than half of Creative New Zealand’s funding of the arts.”
Good news, booksellers – noted New Zealand children’s educational publishers Global Education Systems have devised completely new programs and products for early reading for the retail market. Recently launched, the new concept is for both local and major international markets.
The Bude-e system is both low-tech – colourful, brief books – and cutting-edge tech with animated apps that include both storytelling and interactive aspects. The range goes from a large selection of books retailing at $6.99 through to the extensive app with captivating poetry, song, reading and teaching sequences.