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Scott Pack & the cult of the low-brow bestseller
21 Aug 2016
“Nothing, to be honest, in what you may loosely call my career, has been deliberate at all.” It’s hard to believe, but so says Scott Pack - ex-Head of Buying for the Waterstones...
Mind Body Spirit Literary Award Winner and Former Sceptic Claims Existence of Afterlife
19 Aug 2016
Literary works by a retired engineer and a yoga practitioner are the winners of the 2016 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards, described by judges’ convenor Adonia Wylie, as an...
The F Word: Feminism in NZ literary festivals
18 Aug 2016
by Elizabeth Heritage This week, The Read investigates the F word: feminism. What does it mean? Why does it keep popping up at our literary festivals? What is its place in our...
Chris Casey leaves publishing for whistle blower role
17 Aug 2016
Chris Casey’s twenty plus years in book industry sales and management roles ends this week as he leaves South Pacific for something completely different: “I’m taking on a new...
Applications Invited For 2016 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
16 Aug 2016
Established and mid-career New Zealand writers are invited to apply for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2016. The Fellowship is one of New Zealand's longest-standing and...
Fundraising Success to Send Writer to France: Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship Saved
16 Aug 2016
The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has been secured in perpetuity following a campaign that raised just over $800,000. For the past forty-six years, the Fellowship has...
Writers Week Manager
12 Aug 2016
The New Zealand Festival (NZF) is a biennial multi-arts festival held in Wellington. It is New Zealand’s largest cultural event and produces extraordinary events from around the...
Murder They Wrote: The Rise and Rise of #YeahNoir
11 Aug 2016
The recent rise of independent publishers in New Zealand has seen genre fiction explode. New Zealand crime fiction especially, as the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Crime Fiction Award can attest....
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2 Script Book at Number one
11 Aug 2016
The play script of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two has shot straight to number one in New Zealand, recording the highest first week of sales for a book since Nielson Bookscan...
Rachael Craw’s Spark optioned for feature film by Miss Conception Films
9 Aug 2016
Rachael Craw’s YA title Spark has been optioned by New Zealand film company Miss Conception Films, fitting perfectly with their mission to “make films with strong female protagonists...
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