Penny Hartill

2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards judges announced

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.

Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards Winner Uses Science to Prove the Existence of God

Two works incorporating cutting edge science have won this year’s Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards in a tough field described by judges’ convenor, Adonia Wylie, as the highest in calibre since the awards began 12 years ago.
Canterbury Anglican Minister, Ron Hay (right), won the book category, for Finding the Forgotten God, published by Daystar Books. 

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. 

Methamphetamine Survivor a Finalist in Literary Awards

Former meth. addict Janet Balcombe’s autobiographical novel is a finalist in this year’s Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards. 
Works by a former methamphetamine addict, a university professor, a monk, two vicars, a documentary film maker and a mental health commissioner are among the finalists of this year’s Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards, announced today. 

Going West Festival Celebrates Two Decades with Stellar Line-Up

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 September.

New Zealand Book Awards Return with Major Fiction Prize

After a 12-month hiatus, the country’s premier book awards will return in 2016 with a new structure, a new judging process and a significant, annual fiction prize of $50,000. 
The New Zealand Book Awards winners will be announced at an event during the country’s largest literary gathering - the Auckland Writers Festival - in May 2016. 
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair, Nicola Legat, says she is delighted to announce the changes, and in particular the major fiction award, which is provided by the Acorn Foundation, through the generosity of one of its donors.

Auckland Writers Festival 2015 Breaks All Records

With more than 60,000 seats filled, and an estimated 20 percent increase in ticket issues, the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival has broken all records. 
For five days, people young and old flocked to the festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, to see more than 150 novelists, playwrights, song writers, scientists, historians, children’s writers, critics, editors, illustrators and poets from New Zealand and around the world . 

Auckland Writers Festival Opens with Attendance at an All-Time High

Record numbers are expected to attend the country’s biggest festival of words and ideas, the Auckland Writers Festival, which opens today.   
Ticket issues for the more than 100 festival events are tracking to match, if not exceed, the 53,500 attendances in 2014.