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New Allen Curnow Collection Masterly in Breadth

New Allen Curnow Collection Masterly in Breadth

Allen Curnow, who died in 2001 at the age of 90, was one of the greatest New Zealand writers: poet, verse dramatist, critic, groundbreaking and controversial anthologist. Principally through the agency of late literary…

Ruth Park’s the Harp in the South Now A Stage Play

Ruth Park’s the Harp in the South Now A Stage Play

“My first publishing negotiation for Ruth Park was conducted in 1971, in Angus and Robertson’s rabbit warren of offices in Lower George Street. Ruth was already a distinguished writer,” Park’s longtime literary agent Tim…

Author Eleanor Catton on the Books That Changed Her

Author Eleanor Catton on the Books That Changed Her

New Zealand Booker Prize-winning novelist Eleanor Catton recently spoke with The Guardian on the crackpot astrological study she’d like to write, and the book she finds “dishonest, pious and vengeful”, for the newspaper’s regular…

Ali Smith Marvels at Katherine Mansfield’s Letters

Ali Smith Marvels at Katherine Mansfield’s Letters

New Zealand novelist Kirsty Gunn was in London recently listening to Scottish author Ali Smith talk about Katherine Mansfield. Gunn’s article about the event appears in The Scotsman. “ talk, hosted by the

Ashleigh Young Turns a Lyrical Eye

Ashleigh Young Turns a Lyrical Eye

“When I uprooted my family from Seattle this year to move to Wellington, I knew little of the foreign, faraway place beyond its reputation for grey days and great coffee,” Maggie Trapp writes for…

Ashleigh Young’s Essays Praised in New Yorker

Ashleigh Young’s Essays Praised in New Yorker

Wellington writer Ashleigh Young’s debut essay collection Can You Tolerate This? is New Yorker-recommended summer reading. “Two things happened the first week I moved to New York, in February. I met up with a friend…

Academic Peter Fleming’s Earthy Economics

Academic Peter Fleming’s Earthy Economics

Peter Fleming, an amiable-sounding New Zealander, professes for a living at the Cass Business School at City University London. Once, business schools taught accounting, finance, and profit-and-loss. Nowadays the institutions seem to specialise in profit-IS-loss critiques…

Q&A with Instapoet Star Hera Lindsay Bird

Q&A with Instapoet Star Hera Lindsay Bird

Acclaimed by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, as “the most arresting and original new young poet”, New Zealander Hera Lindsay Bird, 31, is one of the stars of the new generation of “Instapoets”…

Brent Williams Charts Journey Through Depression

Brent Williams Charts Journey Through Depression

Ten years after his symptoms first took hold of him, New Zealander Brent Williams has written a graphic novel that is part memoir and part self-help book. Out of the Woods: A Journey Through…

Contesting New Zealand’s Discovery

Contesting New Zealand’s Discovery

A history book by New Zealander Winston Cowie called, Conquistador Puzzle Trail, which suggests that the Spanish or Portuguese may have discovered New Zealand before the Dutchman Abel Tasman is causing a new stir….

Hanging out with India Yelich in New York City

Hanging out with India Yelich in New York City

You’d think that spending your adolescence watching your sister – in this case, Lorde – become a world-famous pop princess might make you insecure, but 19-year-old India Yelich says no: She swears she won’t…

Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn Continues to Impress

Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn Continues to Impress

Dame Ngaio Marsh’s skilfully completed “continuation novel”, set in a New Zealand hospital, is an exquisite reminder of the brilliance of Marsh’s London detective Inspector Alleyn, Sophie Hannah writes in a review of the…

Poet Ashleigh Young to Open Bathurst Festival

Poet Ashleigh Young to Open Bathurst Festival

Wellington author, poet and literary editor Ashleigh Young will open the Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival on May 4. The festival consists of three days of live streamed sessions direct from the Sydney Writers’ Festival…

Corpses and Clues in Ngaio Marsh’s Posthumous Novel

Corpses and Clues in Ngaio Marsh’s Posthumous Novel

“Roderick Alleyn, the ineffably posh Scotland Yard detective created by Dame Ngaio Marsh, returns for a posthumous outing with the help of Stella Duffy, herself a distinguished crime writer,” Andrew Taylor writes…

C.K. Stead’s Latest Novel Masterfully Structured

C.K. Stead’s Latest Novel Masterfully Structured

“The Necessary Angel’s literary preoccupations are familiar territory for Stead, a distinguished novelist, poet and critic who was for many years professor of English at the University of Auckland,” Financial Times correspondent Zoë…

Inspiring Cancer Story Written by Petra Kotrotsos

Inspiring Cancer Story Written by Petra Kotrotsos

Wellingtonian Petra Kotrotsos is not your average 21-year-old, according to Melbourne-based Greek community newspaper Neos Kosmos. A video blogger and aspiring filmmaker, she’s also a cancer veteran, having been through various treatments since she…

Author Ruth Park Knew Writing Was Life Itself

Author Ruth Park Knew Writing Was Life Itself

Auckland-born Ruth Park and Australians Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Christina Stead, writers born more or less as the 20th century dawned, followed their flame, each woman, as Queensland-based literary scholar Ann-Marie Priest sympathetically shows…

Writer and Engineer Ben Sanders Ups the Stakes

Writer and Engineer Ben Sanders Ups the Stakes

For a couple of days a week, Ben Sanders, 28, is a mild-mannered New Zealand engineer; the rest of the time he’s dreaming crimes and mayhem on the mean streets of the United States….

WWII Love Story by Heather Morris Reviewed

WWII Love Story by Heather Morris Reviewed

Out of one of the worst periods of human history comes an inspirational story, a beacon of light amidst the dark ruins of the Holocaust. For three years before his death in 2006, Lale…

Superyacht designer Ron Holland Pens Memoir

Superyacht designer Ron Holland Pens Memoir

“Given that his single-masted creation M5 is too tall to pass beneath Ron Holland had trouble holding a ‘personal memoir’ to 400 pages…

Competition Winner Liana Roberts-Letiu Validated

Competition Winner Liana Roberts-Letiu Validated

As the overall winner of the 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala short story competition, Samoan New Zealander, Liana Roberts-Letiu, 21, is as intriguing as the title of her short story entry “An Elegant Tantrum”, Elizabeth…

NZ Escape Octopus Immortalized In Kids Book

NZ Escape Octopus Immortalized In Kids Book

“How many stories about octopuses escaping from their confines can there be,” writes Jacqueline Cutler in an article published on NJ.com. When she was one page into the kids book “

André Spicer Desperately Seeks Self-Improvement

André Spicer Desperately Seeks Self-Improvement

Like a couple of lab rats, professors New Zealander André Spicer and Swede Carl Cederström have subjected themselves to every conceivable test in pursuit of perfection, hoping to become better human beings, smarter, more…

Shoshana Sachi Writes Inclusively from Los Angeles

Shoshana Sachi Writes Inclusively from Los Angeles

Shoshana Sachi, 30, explains what it’s like for a New Zealander being a “triple threat minority” in Hollywood – an immigrant woman of colour in a Vice magazine opinion piece. “It’s not a new phenomenon…

Tidbits From the Late Great John Clarke

Tidbits From the Late Great John Clarke

Photographing birds and tinkering with words were two of the late John Clarke’s favourite pastimes. In a Guardian article, they come together in excerpts from a new book showcasing the New Zealander’s body of…

Brent Williams Writes Himself Out of the Darkness

Brent Williams Writes Himself Out of the Darkness

Graphic novel, Out of the Woods: A Journey through Depression and Anxiety, by New Zealand writer Brent Williams and Turkish illustrator Korkut Öztekin, is an account of Williams’ catastrophic experience of depression and anxiety…

Harvard’s Richard Thomas Charts Bob Dylan’s Odyssey

Harvard’s Richard Thomas Charts Bob Dylan’s Odyssey

He mentions Dylan in the same breath as Ovid, Virgil and Dante. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams meets New Zealander Richard Thomas, the classics professor who has spent half a century decoding Bob Dylan’s imagery,…

Why Bob Dylan Matters to Author Richard Thomas

Why Bob Dylan Matters to Author Richard Thomas

“It took six months for New Zealander Richard Thomas to draft the manuscript for his newest book, Why Bob Dylan Matters, a study, among other things, of the songwriter’s deep and abiding connection to…

How to Win the Man Booker Prize

How to Win the Man Booker Prize

The upstairs room of an indie bookstore. A book launch for a local author. Crisps and wine are being handed out, a buzz is in the air, congratulations are showered upon the young writer….

Author Lynley Dodd on the Secret Lives of Pets

Author Lynley Dodd on the Secret Lives of Pets

On the release of her new picture book, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! acclaimed New Zealand writer and illustrator Lynley Dodd talks animal antics and her favourite children’s books. Many cat owners would be familiar with…

Lynley Dodd’s Scarface Set Loose Again

Lynley Dodd’s Scarface Set Loose Again

New Zealand’s favourite scrappy cat returns, taking the ride of his life in author Lynley Dodd’s latest adventure, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight. Dodd is bringing the book to Perth’s Awesome Festival along with a free…

Ruth Park’s Words Endeared Her to Australia

Ruth Park’s Words Endeared Her to Australia

In the 1940s, many people resented the fact that a New Zealander was telling Australians about slums that many denied even existed. But author Ruth Park had been living in a run-down part of…

Paul Cleave Discusses New Killer Novel

Paul Cleave Discusses New Killer Novel

Christchurch-born Paul Cleave, 42, is a relative newcomer to United States audiences. Although his first book, The Cleaner, was published in 2006 and sold half a million copies, his books weren’t marketed in the…

Patricia Grace on Telling the Stories of Maori

Patricia Grace on Telling the Stories of Maori

Born in Wellington, 80 years ago, Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most important writers, CBC Radio Canada writes. Her stories are inspired by her experiences growing up as the daughter of a…

New Zealand Poets Taking on the World

New Zealand Poets Taking on the World

If poetry makes you think of stuffy classrooms and impenetrable verse, think again. The BBC’s Holly Williams takes a look at the female poets revolutionising the art form, including New Zealand-based Lang Leav and…

Alan Brough Making the Kids Laugh in Benalla

Alan Brough Making the Kids Laugh in Benalla

New Zealand-born comedian and children’s book author Alan Brough, who is best known to Australians as one of the team leaders on television’s Spicks and Specks musical quiz programme, was in Benalla, Victoria recently…

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Writers Contingent Takes NZ to Edinburgh

Poets Courtney Sina Meredith and Hera Lindsay Bird, as well as writer Sarah Laing, make up a contingent of local talent taking New Zealand to the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Author Julie Parsons Makes Punchy Return

Author Julie Parsons Makes Punchy Return

New Zealand-born but long-time resident in Ireland, Julie Parsons boasts a CV more varied than the average author. As well as producing five previous crime novels, she’s worked as a radio and TV producer…

Gina Inverarity’s Children’s Book Uplifts

Gina Inverarity’s Children’s Book Uplifts

Wellington children’s author, Gina Inverarity’s new book The Brown Dog is reviewed by Stephen Romei for The Australian. The Brown Dog is illustrated by Australian Greg Holfeld. “‘The brown dog turned up one rainy Saturday afternoon,’…

Life Coach Despina Nicola Dared to Begin

Life Coach Despina Nicola Dared to Begin

New Zealand-born life coach and author Despina Nicola says we are the product of our choices – which is pretty hard-hitting stuff for anyone who’s overwhelmed and looking for someone to blame. But then…

New Ben Sanders Novel an Engrossing Chase Story

New Ben Sanders Novel an Engrossing Chase Story

“In earlier Ben Sanders books, Marshall Grade worked undercover for the NYPD. When he made serious enemies in the criminal subculture, the federal cops hid him far away in the witness protection programme,” Toronto…

This is Shannon Cullen’s Journal for Mothers

This is Shannon Cullen’s Journal for Mothers

When New Zealand-born Shannon Cullen had her first baby Matilda, who is now aged four, she found herself writing down random notes and doodles at all hours. This sparked the creation of

Eleanor Catton’s New Novel a Psychological Thriller

Eleanor Catton’s New Novel a Psychological Thriller

Eleanor Catton, the youngest ever Booker-prize winning author, has sold the rights to her third novel, a psychological thriller set in rural New Zealand where super-rich foreigners face off with ragtag locals on the…

Lang Leav’s Debut Novel Sad Girls out in May

Lang Leav’s Debut Novel Sad Girls out in May

International bestselling author New Zealander Lang Leav, known for her titles Love & Misadventure, Lullabies, Memories and The Universe of Us, is set to debut as a novelist this year. Leav recently took to

Ashleigh Young Wins Major Literary Prize

Ashleigh Young Wins Major Literary Prize

It is the kind of news we all dream of receiving, but New Zealand author and poet Ashleigh Young, 33, thought it was a hoax when told she’d receive more than $200,000 from one…

Everyone Should Read This Fairy Tale

Everyone Should Read This Fairy Tale

“Promised Land, a new children’s book that encourages LGBTQ acceptance (not to mention smashes any taboo around the subject) is so powerful,” Kaleigh Fasanella writes for Teen Vogue. “New Zealand-based authors, Adam Reynolds and…

Author Paul Feenstra on Reading the Signs

Author Paul Feenstra on Reading the Signs

Wellington-born-turned-Long-Beach-resident author Paul Feenstra said a “No Trespassing” sign was the start of his new career in historical fiction writing. On a visit to New Zealand in 2009 after more than 25 years away, Feenstra…

Why US Poet James Galvin Is like New Zealand

Why US Poet James Galvin Is like New Zealand

American poet James Galvin’s “Why I Am Like New Zealand” featured in the New York Times recently. Why I Am Like New Zealand My feet stick out from beneath the sheet, Pointing to where death thrives. I am…

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

In New Zealand, poetry’s latest “it girl”, Hera Lindsay Bird, is amassing a semi-cult online following for her smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends. Bird, along with contemporaries…

World Fantasy Award for Novelist Anna Smaill

World Fantasy Award for Novelist Anna Smaill

Author Anna Smaill’s debut The Chimes won best novel at the 2016 World Fantasy Awards in Ohio, United States, a “wonderful honour”, the Victoria University lecturer said. “I’m really happy. The authors on the shortlist…

Heavy Metal Drummer Reprints WW2 Book

Heavy Metal Drummer Reprints WW2 Book

New Zealand-born author and musician Lawrence Paterson has recently reprinted his fourth book, Hitler’s Grey Wolves: U-Boats In The Indian Ocean, which originally came out in 2004 and explores the forty German submarines that…

Gunn Returns to the Bush

Gunn Returns to the Bush

Award-winning novelist and short story writer Kirsty Gunn returns to the New Zealand of her childhood in Going Bush (Sylph Editions) and My Katherine Mansfield Project (New York Review Books). Gunn, who lives in…

Frances Harrison Recounts Flipside of French Dream

Frances Harrison Recounts Flipside of French Dream

Life in France is not always la belle vie that expats had hoped for when making the “dream move”. New Zealand-born Frances Harrison, English teacher and author of Follow My Heart: Risking it all…

Author Joan Druett Conjures up the Seven Seas

Author Joan Druett Conjures up the Seven Seas

If you love stories of sailing, adventure, the vast Pacific, navigation, or other such things Marianas Variety writer B C Cook wants to introduce you to one of his favourite authors, New Zealand maritime…

Katherine Mansfield’s Inscrutability Intrigues

Katherine Mansfield’s Inscrutability Intrigues

In the acclaimed biography La Vida Breve di Katherine Mansfield, written by famed Italian literary critic and author Pietro Citati, the New Zealand-born writer’s stories are described as having the special quality of “distance”….

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

New Zealand’s Most Exciting Young Poet

Hera Lindsay Bird, who “has become a cult favourite for her explicit, cutting and often funny writing” was “catapulted from respected but anonymous graduate writer to semi-cult status” after publishing her first book of…