Fleur Adcock’s Collected Poems (VUP) is a landmark publication in the career of one of New Zealand’s most significant writers, combining Poems 1960–2000 and four subsequent collections in one beautifully produced hardcover volume. All welcome to come and hear this wonderful poet read from a lifetime of writing at Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington, Wednesday 13th Feb at 6-7.30pm.
Congratulations to all our ANZL longlisters:
Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize: The Cage by Lloyd Jones (Penguin Random House); This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Penguin Random House); Mazarine by Charlotte Grimshaw (Penguin Random House); The Ice Shelf by Anne Kennedy (Victoria University Press); The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke by Tina Makereti (Penguin Random House); All This by Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan (Victoria University Press).
The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction: Memory Pieces by Maurice Gee (Victoria University Press); Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History by Peter Wells (Massey University Press).
Poetry Award: Edgeland and other Poems by David Eggleton (Otago University Press); Winter Eyes by Harry Ricketts (Victoria University Press).
The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist will be announced on 6 March, 2019. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 14 May, held as the first public event of the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival. To find out more about the longlisted titles go to http://www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealand-book-awards/2019-awards/longlist/
One of New Zealand’s most valuable poetry prizes, the Sarah Broom Prize supports new work from an emerging or established New Zealand poet. In 2019, the prize is an award of $10,000. Poets are required to submit six to eight poems (at least five unpublished). Now in its sixth year, the award will be showcased in a special public session at the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2019 where shortlisted poets will read from their work and the winner will be announced. Competition entries open on 21 January and close on 28 February 2019. For entries/queries email email@example.com. For more information about the prize and Sarah Broom visit here
It is with enormous pleasure we celebrate three ANZL members on the 2019 New Year Honours list: Karlo Mila for services to the Pacific community and as a poet; NZ poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh for services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community; Academy of New Zealand Literature founder and 2019 Menton Fellowship recipient Paula Morris for services to literature. CONGRATULATIONS to you all! (Read the full list of honours with all details here)
Huge congratulations to Paula Morris, recipient of the 2019 Menton residency. Next year Paula will spend at least four months in Menton, South of France, with access to the writing room below Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield created some of her most important work. She joins a long list of celebrated New Zealand writer recipients including Janet Frame, Witi Ihimaera, Elizabeth Knox and Bill Manhire. Paula says the residency will give her the opportunity to focus on projects that she has been trying to find the space and courage to tackle for some years, including journal articles based on her work for the Creative Research Initiative; a play set in France in 1925 drawing on the true story of the writer Jean Rhys working as a ‘ghost’ for Rudolph Valentino’s mother-in-law; and research towards a major non-fiction project, about islands, ports and exiles. For more on the residency and recipients see here.
Congratulations to ANZL members Emma Neale and Catherine Chidgey who have both received Highly Commended placings in the 2018 UK Bridport Prize competition, Neale in the flash fiction category for her story ‘Courtship’ and Chidgey in the short fiction category for ‘Black Boys’. The Bridport Prize is one of the most prestigious open writing competitions in the English language with categories in poetry, short stories, flash fiction and the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. The competition for 2019 will be launched on 15 November with a closing date of 31 May 2019. Entries can be made by post or online. Follow these links for the full list of 2018 place winners or for information on how to enter.
Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. The 2018 awards include two ANZL members: poet Wystan Curnow and admired poet, publisher and librettist Michael Harlow. Beloved Māori dramatist and fiction writer Renée, revered critic and curator, completes the winning selection. Each will be awarded $60,000 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to New Zealand literature. Renée will be honoured for fiction, Wystan Curnow for non-fiction, and Michael Harlow for poetry. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Premier House in Wellington on Monday 15 October. A full list of previous recipients can be found on the Creative New Zealand website. The recipients of the 2018 Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement will read and discuss their work with Radio New Zealand journalist and Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan at a free event at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington on Tuesday 16 October, 12-12.45pm. All welcome.
'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell