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For the week ending 28 November 2021

29/11/2021

for the week ending 28 November


Fiction Writers’ Round Table 2021

'NZ literature is such a vast and varied thing' : the Ockhams 2021 Fiction Round Table.

03/05/2021

‘NZ literature is such a vast and varied thing’ : the Ockhams 2021 Fiction Round Table.


Ockham NZ Book Awards Finalists

Who’s in - and how you can read extracts.

22/03/2021

Who’s in – and how you can read extracts.


The room where it happened

Ockhams fiction judge Mark Broatch comes clean.

15/05/2020

‘It was impossible to avoid the conspiracy theories’ – Mark Broatch on judging this year’s Ockhams.


Ockham NZ Book Awards: Shocks and Stats

Lockdown Ockhams Shockers: Tom Moody investigates.

14/05/2020

Lockdown Ockhams Shockers: Tom Moody investigates.


Writers’ Round Table | 2020

Rough guides, truest voices: the Ockhams 2020 Fiction Round Table.

13/05/2020

Rough guides, truest voices: the Ockhams 2020 Fiction Round Table.


The Interview: Vincent O’Sullivan

Vincent O'Sullivan on the drive to write, the contradictions of fiction, and the dangers of lingering in the poetry hot-house.

06/04/2020

‘I’m sceptical about any group who want others to regard them as special.’


Listen, Memory

David Howard learns how to appear in Ulyanovsk, City of Literature.

27/02/2020

David Howard learns how to appear in Ulyanovsk, City of Literature.


Our Many Pasts: Historical Fiction

Thom Conroy asks: is historical fiction New Zealand’s defining genre?

28/08/2019

Thom Conroy asks: is historical fiction New Zealand’s defining genre?


A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley by Elspeth Sandys

Elspeth Sandys illuminates the life of an extraordinary New Zealander.

28/08/2019

Elspeth Sandys illuminates the life of an extraordinary New Zealander.


Writers’ Round Table | May 2019

Writers' Round Table: the fiction finalists at the Ockham NZ Book Awards discuss influences, indignation, politics and passions.

09/05/2019

Writers’ Round Table: the fiction finalists at the Ockham NZ Book Awards discuss influences, indignation, politics and passions.


The Immersion Method

Maxine Alterio on researching novels at home and abroad.

18/04/2019

Maxine Alterio on researching novels at home and abroad.


The Interview – C.K. Stead

Karl Stead and Mark Broatch discuss crossing lines, carrying on and writing well.

08/03/2019

‘I’m basically cheerful’. Stead at 86, on the work of a lifetime.


Display It Like You Stole It: Letter from London

‘If Oceania is a continent, then it is a continent as complex as Europe’. David Eggleton in London for the Royal Academy of Art’s ‘blockbuster’ show.

06/03/2019

‘If Oceania is a continent, then it is a continent as complex as Europe’. David Eggleton in London for the Royal Academy of Art’s ‘blockbuster’ show.


Why Aren’t You Reading Queer?

Celebrate Pride month with an LGBTQI book.

04/02/2019

Celebrate Pride month with an LGBTQI book.​


Letter from Europe

Fiona Kidman on a ‘split personality’ in London and Paris.

31/07/2018

Fiona Kidman on a ‘split personality’ in London and Paris.


The Pony Club

Owen Marshall's 2017 New Zealand Book Council Lecture

25/07/2018

Owen Marshall’s 2017 New Zealand Book Council Lecture


Fiction and Factions: the Political Novel in New Zealand

Fiona Farrell: What makes a work of the imagination ‘political’?

26/05/2018

What makes a work of the imagination ‘political’?


Vision Test

David Taylor assesses the 20/20 Poetry Collection, and what we’re exploring – and avoiding – in our literature of unease.

27/04/2018

David Taylor assesses the 20/20 Poetry Collection, and what we’re exploring – and avoiding – in our literature of unease.


Writing in Disguise

Stephanie Johnson on definitions and disguises, and the risks of writing under a pseudonym.

27/04/2018

Stephanie Johnson on definitions and disguises, and the risks of writing under a pseudonym.


Essay from Iowa

Anne Kennedy finds a place to think in the country of dream-merchants.

22/12/2017

Anne Kennedy finds a place to think in the country of dream-merchants


The Interview – Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock and Emma Neale discuss parallel activities, chance findings and the many angles of place.

14/12/2017

‘There are so many different kinds of poem’ – Fleur Adcock


Writers’ Picks: Best NZ Books for Christmas

#NZChristmasBookChallenge - NZ writer, NZ publisher, NZ book shop. Support our writers and our industry.

14/12/2017

#NZChristmasBookChallenge – NZ writer, NZ publisher, NZ book shop. Support our writers and our industry.


Letter from Romania

Michael Harlow crosses frontiers and shines light at the World Poetry Festival in Romania

14/12/2017

Michael Harlow crosses frontiers and shines light at the World Poetry Festival in Romania.


'I felt energised by the freedom of 'making things up’' - Maxine Alterio

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