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New Zealand’s First Openly Gay Novelist Launches Inaugural LGBTIQ Literary Festival

Twenty-five years ago, renowned novelist, historian playwright and film-maker Peter Wells launched his short story collection, Dangerous Desires, the country’s first gay themed work published with the author’s actual name; today he launches the country’s inaugural LGBTIQ Writers Festival –  samesame but different

Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards 2015 - recipients announced!

The Arts Foundation of New Zealand has recognised 10 artists at the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards with a total of $360,000 in awards announced at a ceremony at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland last night.
The total amount granted to artists, since the inception of the Arts Foundation in 2000, is now more than $5million. Arts Foundation Executive Director, Simon Bowden says this is a significant milestone.
“The Arts Foundation was founded with a grant of $5million from the Lottery Grants Board. The initial grant is still invested, and total equity now sits at $6.4million.”

Bookshops and Authors making things happen

by Elizabeth Heritage
Happy New Zealand Book Week, everyone! This week, The Read investigates the relationship between children’s booksellers and children’s authors and illustrators, and how they are working together to promote New Zealand children’s books.

Thank you to Annemarie from Storytime in Whangarei, John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop, Mary Sangster from the Original Children's Bookshop, and authors Kyle Mewburn, Mandy Hager, Philippa Werry and Catherine Robertson, as well as those not quoted, for responding to our questions during this busy time. 

Michael Harlow Wins Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award 2015

Michael Harlow has won the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award 2015 with his collection of poems Nothing For It But To Sing.