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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 .