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New competition for young writers

November 10, 2016
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New competition for young writers

An essay competition for young writers is being held to mark the 70th birthday of New Zealand’s longest-running arts and literary journal. Landfall will celebrate 70 years this year and editor David Eggleton and Otago University Press have launched the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition, open to writers aged between 16 and 21. The...

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Unusual names prove a winner

November 5, 2016
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Unusual names prove a winner

Airini Beautrais has taken out the 2016 Landfall Essay Competition, ahead of 50 other entries. Competition judge David Eggleton says her essay, Umlaut , stands out being “written by someone unwilling to be boring, willing to take risks, and enough of a seasoned practitioner to carry it off with sustained verve”. Umlaut is a...

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Oratia rebrands and expands

May 16, 2016
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Oratia Media has embraced change in 2016, with a relaunch of its books programme, now named Oratia Books. The name reflects the location to company (just outside Auckland) and a commitment to mostly Kiwi authors by publishing mostly Maori, children’s history, and general non-fiction books. The Libro Internation imprintal has been retired but look out...

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April highlights from New Holland

March 16, 2016
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Coming up over the next month from New Holland publishers: FOR THE FOODIES Superfoods for Kids by “superfood expert” Rena Patten, who reckons she has found a way not only to get kids to eat superfoods (think quinoa and kale). The book includes recipes for breakfasts, school lunches, dinners, special treats and even baby...

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Poster a trip down memory lane

December 20, 2015
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Poster a trip down memory lane

The average Kiwi fish and chip shop these days is a bit different from those of my long-ago youth: they’re as likely to feature framed prints, arty menus, glossy plants and fancy-schmancy tartare sauce as they are a pile of magazines that includes a three-month old Auto Trader and tiny plastic packets of good...

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Third book coming in YA cult story

September 2, 2015
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Third book coming in YA cult story

Fleur Beale’s powerful story of life inside a religious cult will have its third installment with the release of Being Magdalene this month. The first book in the young adult series, I am not Esther, was published 16 years ago and won the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book. It has remained hugely popular and...

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New name for publisher

March 6, 2015
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Craig Potton Publishing is having a wee name change  (to Potton & Burton), in a move the company says reflects the increasingly diverse range of New Zealand books it publishes. The change happens on today and marks the end of a 25-year era for the original name. Photographer Craig Potton founded Craig Potton Publishing in 1989...

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The tattooed lady is coming back

January 30, 2015
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The Millennium series was a hugely popular trilogy that introduced the world to Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and now they are set to return in a continuation of the late Stieg Larsson’s epic saga. Yes, that’s right: we’re getting a fourth book, the “girl with the dragon tattoo” is coming back. This much-anticipated...

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Run-down truck inspired success story

February 26, 2014
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Run-down truck inspired success story

An old truck on their family farm inspired sisters Margery Fern and Jennifer Somervell to produce a book that has received rave reviews from clients of Invercargill’s Wee Nippers Early Childhood Centre and a mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. Margery is deputy principal at Waitetuna Primary School, while Jennifer writes for New...

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New book on turning around lives

August 22, 2012
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Boxer Billy Graham has paired up with journalist Phil Gifford to produce a guide for parents of teenage boys. It will be available in bookstores next month. Graham says he would have been born on the wrong side of the tracks in Naenae “but my mates had already stolen them.” His book is said to...

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