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BWB’s Wonderful Bookshop Competition 2015

And the winner is: Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden!

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!

National Poetry Day 2015: Discovery, connection, community and pushing boundaries

Article by Rachel O’Neill
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. 

Ted Dawe's, Into the River, cleared by classifications office

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"This update is to notify libraries and booksellers that the R14 age restriction on Ted Dawe’s book Into the River has been replaced by a new decision of the Office of Film and Literature Classification.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.

Paekakariki and Te Horo Schools win libraries' Mastermind Comps

School-aged literature lovers were in Waikanae last Friday vying for top spot in this year’s Mastermind Competition.
More than 40 of the district’s most well-read school children filled the Waikanae Baptist Church for Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ Mastermind Competition final on Friday morning.
The annual literature competition has 10 to 13-year-olds testing their knowledge on the books that were finalist in New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Council’s Libraries and Arts Manager Leeann Morgan said it was a closely-run competition.

The Bards Go Wild: 80 Fantastic Events for National Poetry Day, Friday, 28 August

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 Writers Festival Announces Partnership with Auckland’s Home for Māori Theatre

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. 

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants Now Open for Applications

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.

Creative New Zealand announces 2015 investment funding

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.”

Early reading the focus of Global Education Systems’ Bud-e

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.