The Readings

A literary links list full of things we think you might like to check out.

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Did you tune in for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards this week? There’s a great write up here.

The Auckland Writers Festival Winter Series continues Sunday 17th May at 9am with a session featuring Chanel Miller (USA), recent Acorn Prize for Fiction winner Becky Manawatu, and Robert Macfarlane (England). Tune in online for what is sure to be fantastic conversation.

Wellington’s City Gallery took it’s Book Club online, with Pip Adam leading Rosabel Tan, Megan Dunn and John Summers in discussions about pandemic themed works, including Stephen Soderbergh’s Contagion, The Plague by Albert Camus, ‘You Treat Us Like We’re the Virus,’ an article by Vanessa Crofskey for The Pantograph Punch, Arundhati Roy’s Financial Times article ‘The Pandemic is a Portal,’ ‘The American Exception,’ by Zadie Smith for The New Yorker, ‘Man reads The Plague during the Plague,’ by John Summers for Newsroom, and Sam Brooks’ piece for The Spinoff, ‘The Highs, the Lows and the WTFs of One World: Together at Home.’

Kei Te Pai Press have launched their first journal centered around the concept of Te Korekore.

Premiering on Sunday 17th May on TVNZ is the adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Award winning The Luminaries. We’re sure many of New Zealand’s literature lovers will be crowding around their TV sets to re-enter the world of 19th Centtury Hokitika and Catton’s spellbinding story.

 

The Readings

A literary links list full of things we think you might like to check out.

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Verb Wellington have launched the Verb Community, a membership community with sliding payment options, set up to support and nurture creativity and community. If you value arts (and who doesn’t?) and want to see artists and writers paid to create content, sign up and contribute. The gorgeous image above was commissioned for the Verb Community from Jessica Thompson Carr, aka Māori Mermaid.

Tupuranga Journal has launched it’s first issue, full of incredible writing by Indigenous and POC writers from Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

Paula Green invited New Zealand Booksellers (and even a couple of us here at Booksellers NZ!) to contribute to a list of comfort books over on Poetry Shelf. It’s a beautifully varied list, and a great source if you’re after a steady and calming to read, as so many of us are right now.

Don’t forget that you can attend the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards this year, right from the comfort of your own living room! All you have to do is tune in via Facebook or YouTube at 6pm on Tuesday May 12. See you there!

The Auckland Writers Festival are hosting an online 2020 Winter Series at 9am on Sundays. To tune in to the livestreams head to their Facebook or YouTube pages. And if 9am on a Sunday is a little early for you, the sessions will be uploaded to the AWF website. The next session on Sunday 10 May features Philippe Sands, Ian Wedde and Lisa Taddeo in conversation with Paula Morris.

The Pantograph Punch has had a redesign, and it’s looking gorgeous. Check out the lush new look, and the reasoning behind it, here.

 

 

The artful recreation of a Kiwi Christmas story in Hutt City – Giveaway below

cv_the_twelve_days_of_kiwi_christmasThink of your favourite childhood storybook. And now imagine yourself as a child seeing that storybook come to life. That’s exactly what’s happening in downtown Lower Hutt next month to celebrate Myles Lawford’s children’s book The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas.

The lively picture book is a delightful take on The Twelve Days of Christmas carol. But as the title suggests, it comes with a Kiwi twist. The partridges and pear trees have gone, and instead Kiwi kids will read, and sing, about a summertime Christmas with chocolate fish and boogie boards.

To boost the festive mood, Hutt City Council is running a scavenger hunt through Lower Hutt CBD based on The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas. Twelve shops in the CBD will display an artwork based on one of the 12 gifts in the book. Kids of all ages can then use the storybook trail map (see link below) to find the art pieces. They’ll find a letter attached to each display, which will spell out a Christmas message, and be their entry into the draw to win fantastic prizes.

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Tony Yates’ sculpture of a giant meat pie is one of the 12 art displays in Lower Hutt that’s bringing a kids’ Christmas storybook to life.

It’s a neat way to promote The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas. And for kids, it’s a fun, interactive way to enjoy the story. It lifts the story off the pages and recreates it in their world. Each artwork is created by artists from The Learning Connexion in Lower Hutt. These artists give their own spin, their own interpretation, their own ideas to the words – and what better way to show children that words in a book aren’t limited to the pages, but can take on their own forms in their imagination and be recreated as art.

Learning Connexion logoArtist Michaela Miller’s brief was to create art that reflected the book’s “eight flying Frisbees”.

Although Michaela specialises in painting, she decided to experiment in photography. For her work, she will literally have to fling and then photograph Frisbees from hilltops, before adding her creative spin through Photoshop.

The result is stunning. And without giving too much away, the Frisbees will be in high colour against a black and white background.

The artists can, and do, indulge in a topsy-turvy world. Just like Caitlin Morris’ watercolour painting depicting the fifth day of the Kiwi Christmas. Chocolate fish dangling like baubles on a pohutukawa tree? Well, why not? In art, as in storybooks, anything can happen. Real world rules don’t apply.

Tony Yates is another of The Learning Connexion artists involved in the project. His work is a sculpture of an oversized mince pie. Tony spent a week moulding the clay before painting it to give it that look of golden, freshly cooked pastry.

Tony says the kids in his family are especially excited by the project. They can’t wait to see his work displayed as part of the story trail.

The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas also comes with a CD so kids can sing along in both English and Māori.HCC_TE AWA_lockup_CMYK_Teal TeAWA

Kids will love singing along with the book, and if they head out to Lower Hutt over the next couple of weeks, they can see with their own eyes, the ideas of The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas come to life.

Booksellers New Zealand has three copies of The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas to give away. Click through to their facebook page to enter, or enter below.

What: The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas storybook trail
Where: Lower Hutt CBD
When: November 30 to 24 December

Download your Story Trail map here.

A Rafflecopter giveaway

Article by Jolene Williams, Hutt City Council, in promotion of their Christmas celebrations.

Gold Pin Win for publishers of Taka Ki Ro Wai

web_TAKA-KI-RO-WAI_Cover_Tania&Martin_2013_PROMOOn Friday night, Tania & Martin from Tania & Martin design, attended the 2014 BEST Design Awards at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland, along with 998 other people, in the hope of winning recognition for their design of Taka Ki Ro Wai.

The BEST Design Awards are unique in the way they honour design. Run by the Designers Institute of New Zealand, they don’t have a singular award for first, second and third. They award as many places as they believe deserve it in a section − or not at all if the standard isn’t met.

For our section, the Nga Aho Award, there were actually three gold pin winners, a silver and two bronzes from a field of eleven finalists, with the judges acknowledging the high standard within the category. The gold pin, their equivalent to a medal, went to ourselves, Studio Alexander, and architectural firm JASMAX (the architects most notably recognised for Te Papa Tongarewa) who for this nomination, had designed the building Te Uru Taumatua for Tuhoe in Taneatua). From amongst the three gold pins awarded, one supreme category winner was chosen as the purple pin winner, which was richly deserved by JASMAX.

We received our pin together with a winners certificate from Te Puni Kokiri Tamaki Makaurau head Pauline Kingi.

Though it was Tania & Martin in attendance, the application was about Taka Ki Ro Wai, and the collective strengths of the team responsible for it’s creation.

Author Keri didn’t accompany us this time, as she is due in Auckland this coming weekend for the Toi Maori Maori Writers Hui 2014, but we called her soon after the announcement and shouted the good news down the phone over the loud celebrations going on in the background.

Attending these events is essential to keep people talking about Taka Ki Ro Wai, because you’re nothing if you’re not in the news. While you create the book with the hope that it will be liked, awards such as this and the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards are the kudos that provide impetus for book sales.

As we’d like to produce more books like this one, the book itself needs to sell to help make that happen. That was why we targeted these awards. Without them, we could be faced with boxes of books gathering dust. This is a push to get the remaining copies of the book out into new homes and into the hands of eager readers, both the young and older, the fluent and the learner.

Submitted by Martin D Page, designer of Taka Ki Ro Wai, by Keri Kaa

Give a boost to the Storylines Family Days

A message from Libby Limbrick, chair of the Storylines Trust.

The Storylines Festival Family Days are magical days where writers, illustrators and storytellers come together to meet children and their families and share the ins, outs and upside-downs of New Zealand stories.Storylines_family_days

The Storylines Festival Family Days are nearly upon us and we have just three days left to reach our crowd-funding target of $10,000 – we are 58% there, we just need a few more generous individuals to help us out.

The Family Days are and always have been free for children and their families. There are now six of them round the country and every year thousands and thousands of New Zealand children get to meet the writers, illustrators and storytellers who are telling our stories right here and now, inspiring them to become eager and engaged readers and writers. Here is the line-up for this year. 

This year, Storylines is running a crowd-funding campaign to help cover the costs of the Family Days and we’d be over the goodnight moon if you’d join us by making a small donation to the cause.

Donate here. 

Please help Storylines, every donation, however big or small, helps hugely.

ENDS

The Children’s Bookshop Sunday Seminars: Dave Armstrong Scriptwriting Seminar

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An introduction to scriptwriting with leading playwright Dave Armstrong.
A scriptwriter for over 25 years, Dave has written widely for stage and screen.

The bio below is taken from the Victoria University Institute of Modern Letters page where he tutors in Creative Writing.

Dave is an experienced and award-winning television writer. His television credits include pp_dave_armstrongthe sketch comedies Public Eye, Skitz, Away Laughing and Facelift. He co-created and co-wrote two series of the acclaimed comedy Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, which screened on TV One and Australia’s ABC network. His other comedy credits include Spin Doctors, for which he won an AFTA award for Best Comedy Script, Bro’town (script editor), Diplomatic Immunity, B and B and The Semisis. Dave’s television drama credits include CoverStory, and the TV movies Spies and Lies and Billy (co-writer), a biopic about Billy T James.

Dave has been a full-time storyliner and script writer for Shortland Street. He has also written scripts for the consumer rights programme Target, and for Q – a science programme for children – and has been a judge for the Qantas Television awards. Dave is a columnist for the Dominion Post and he has written a number of stage plays including Niu Sila, The Tutor, The Motor Camp, King and Country, Rita and Douglas, Kings of the Gym, Magnolia Street and Le Sud.

Dave has won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best New New Zealand Play three times.

This workshop will be held on June 15th, 11am – 1pm, at The Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza Wellington.
$25 each – limited to 20/25 attendees. Bookings essential. Morning tea provided.
To book email John on books@thechildrensbookshop.co.nz
John McIntyre
The Children’s Bookshop
Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza
Kilbirnie
Wellington 6022
Phone: 04 387 3905