NZSA enews - 24 April 2015
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Ted Dawe's Into the River taken off library shelves
NZSA seeks experienced interviewer for Oral Histories project
Janet Frame Memorial Address - 7 May
CLNZ Court of Appeal clarification good news for rightsholders
eFairness campaign launched
New PLR database - some delay in confirming registrations
Te Papa's printing press may close
CompleteMS Deadline One Month Away!
Register for the AGM by 30 April
Seeking Vivid Poetry Quotes for NZSA Website
Clippings from the Internet
 - Hugo Award Nominees Withdraw Amid 'Puppygate' Storm
 - The Most Banned and Challenged Books (in USA) of 2014
PEN Matters
Graphic / Comic news
 - Archie Vs Predator, Secret Wars, The Infinite Loop
 - London Book Fair’s Evolution Reflects Publishing’s “New Ecology”
Members' Book Launches
Death by Deadline
Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan
Writers on Radio and TV

Welcome to this week's enews

Each fortnight we gather together news from the literary sector as well as compiling opportunities, events, book launches, and other odds and sods for you - our members. This week we have also put a call out for an interviewer for our Oral History project and for poertry quotes for our new website, being built right now. We're looking forward to hearing from you.

It's a long weekend which is a great time to catch up on some reading... and writing.
All the best
Jackie Dennis and Claire Hill

Ted Dawe's Into the River taken off library shelves

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) and The School Library Association of New Zealand (SLANZA) have filed papers with the Office of Film and Literature Classification requesting the R14 censorship be removed from Into the River.

Ted Dawe wrote this book to empower young people who are subject to bullying and racism. As long as the book has R14 censorship it can not sit on library shelves. The application was accompanied by a letter of endorsement from 50 authors who believe the censoring of this book is wrong. It is proposed the book return to library shelves with an insert giving information about help organisations relevant to the themes of the book - bullying and racism.

Here is a news article by Katasha McCullough about the difficultly a 76 year old woman had borrowing this award winning book from Glenfield Library.

NZSA seeks experienced interviewer for Oral Histories project

We are putting in an application to the Ministry of Heritage and Culture's Oral History Awards for funds to do another round of Oral Histories with 8 of our prestigious authors. These interviews will add to the 14 interviews completed between 1999 and 2005. Interviewers for these 14 interviews were Alison Gray and Michael King, so the bar is set high! If you believe you are the right person for this project please get in touch with Jackie Dennis by Tuesday 28 April. The project will be completed between July 2015 and March 2016 and the interviewer will be paid for their time. You can find out more about the award here.

Janet Frame Memorial Address coming up - 7 May

NZSA President of Honour Daphne de Jong will deliver this years Janet Frame Memorial Address at a free lunchtime event during the Dunedin Readers and Writers Festival 5-10 May. This lecture is a 'state of the nation' address for literature and writing in New Zealand and is designed to give the reading public a greater idea of what it is like to be a writer in New Zealand. All welcome.

12noon, 7 May, Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Central Library

CLNZ Court of Appeal clarification good news for rightsholders

The decision handed down by the Court of Appeal this week has greatly assisted in clarifying the provisions of the Copyright Act relating to licensing bodies, which is good news for rightsholders. The court ruled in favour of CLNZ on matters arising from CLNZ’s dispute over fair licence fees with Universities New Zealand (UNZ).
CLNZ Chief Executive Paula Browning said, “It is rare for copyright cases to be heard in New Zealand courts, let alone in the Court of Appeal. The ruling categorically supports the rights of licensing bodies, on behalf of the authors and publishers they represent, to set licence terms that are appropriate to a group of licensees. Having this decision as the backdrop to future negotiations for licensing schemes in New Zealand will benefit all rightsholder groups.”
In addition to holding that CLNZ licences are a ‘licensing scheme’ under the Copyright Act, the court dismissed a cross-appeal brought by the universities.
Late last year, CLNZ agreed a new pilot licensing scheme with the universities. The scheme commenced on 1 January 2015 and concludes at the end of next year. Negotiations for future licensing schemes will take place towards the end of 2016. During the period of the pilot licence, all eight of the universities are implementing software systems that will enable reporting of their actual usage of the copyright works licenced by CLNZ.

eFairness campaign launched 



Retail NZ and Booksellers NZ has launched an #eFairnessNZ campaign to close a loophole which allows some low value goods to be imported free of GST and duty.  The launch of the campaign follows comments by the Prime Minister last month that New Zealanders are prepared to pay their fair share of GST and duty, and that the current rules create an "unfair disadvantage for New Zealand retailers".

“The tax loophole is not about retailers, it’s about all New Zealanders” Retail NZ Chief Executive Mark Johnston said today.  The loophole is threatening local town centres, costing Kiwi jobs, and eroding the tax base.  The Government is missing out on more than $200 million a year in GST and duty on low value goods alone - funding that could pay for at least 4,345 new first-year primary school teachers, or more than 9,000 hip replacements every year. More

Go here to find out how you can help

New PLR database - some delay in confirming registrations

The final date for registering for the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors for this year is the 30th April 2015.  To complete your registration online go here. If you would like a form emailed or posted to you please contact the Public Lending Right on 04 470 4528.
The National Library are currently in the process of developing a new database for administering the Public Lending Right, which has caused a delay in our ability to confirm registrations.  As soon as we are able to we will confirm whether or not authors are registered.
If you have concerns about whether your registration has been received please contact us on or call 04 470 4528.

National Library is part of the Department of Internal Affairs

Te Papa's printing press may close New Zealand Post Book Awards Book of the Year winning biography Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer by Jill Trevelyan was printed at Te Papa Press.

Katie Chapman reported the national museum of New Zealand is considering shutting its printing press for up to five years.
The press, which in the past financial year produced 12 titles, including the New Zealand Post Book Awards' book of the year, is under review and could shut for up to five years. The proposed move is being heavily criticised as short-sighted by leading Kiwi writers. More

Picture: Jill Trevelyan's Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer

CompleteMS Deadline One Month Away!

Do you have a completed manuscript draft you want to take to that next level?
Consider applying to the NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme - a programme that provides writers with essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication.
Writer Maria de Jong said “I found it invaluable having an assessor cast an expert eye over the manuscript.” Maria’s book Fred Graham Creator of Forms - Te Tohunga Auaha was published by Huia in 2014 and has gone on to win the arts category of the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2014.
CompleteMS is supported by Creative New Zealand and is open to members of NZSA. More
Application Deadline: 29 May 2015

Register for the AGM by 30 April

It's in Havelock North Sat 23 May with activities commencing on the Friday evening

Go here to register and to find out all details to do with our AGM weekend. We'd love you to be there, all are welcome.

Seeking Vivid Poetry Quotes for NZSA Website

We would love to feature some poetry quotes on the home page banner of our new website. (We are continuing work on the new NZSA website and are looking forward to making it live within the next few months.)

Poetry quotes
  • Please send through a few lines from a favourite poem.
  • Make sure you attribute the author of the poem as we will need to seek permission from the poet to use in this context.
  • Poets - we encourage you to send in a few lines from one of your own poems! Please grant us permission to use the extract when you send us your own poem.
  • Length needs to be pithy to fit the space available. An extract or poem should be between 6 and 30 words (max).
Send your suggestions to NZSA Operations Manager Claire Hill
Thanks to those people who sent in suggested literary quotes at our last call out  for quotes to feature on the website!

Clippings from the Internet

Hugo Award Nominees Withdraw Amid 'Puppygate' Storm

(extract by Alison Flood in the Guardian)
Campaign to load nominations for the prestigious SF awards with more conservative authors prompts Marko Kloos and Annie Bellet to pull out
... Both writers had been included on a slate of titles pulled together by a group of right-leaning science fiction writers dubbing themselves the Sad Puppies, who had mobilised fans to pay for membership of Worldcon, enabling them to vote and thus flood the categories with their choices. Brad Torgersen, the author behind Sad Puppies, wanted to reverse what he called the Hugos’ favouring of works that were “niche, academic, overtly to the left in ideology and flavour, and ultimately lacking what might best be called visceral, gut-level, swashbuckling fun”. More

The Most Banned and Challenged Books (in USA) of 2014

(extract from article by Michael Schaub in the LATimes)

A memoir by a sexual assault survivor, a science fiction comic book and a children's book about gay penguins were among the 10 most frequently banned or challenged books in the United States last year, according to the American Library Assn. (ALA).
The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom today released its annual "Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books," based on over 300 reports of community members attempting to have literature removed from libraries and school curricula. The organization notes that "attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned."

Four of the books on the list are by writers of color: "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. More

PEN Matters

PEN INTERNATIONAL: Rights, Writers, and  Refugees

PEN International has waded into the weighty issue of the rights of refugees. More measures like this are needed to prevent disasters such as the 900 estimated deaths of migrants to Europe after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast earlier this week. 
On 14 April a delegation of PEN members met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and called for greater protection for refugees in Europe. John Ralston Saul, PEN International president said: ‘We go to the European Parliament with a simple message: We and our civilization will be judged by the solidarity we show with people in crisis.’ PEN International maintains that border security should not put the lives of refugees in danger. ‘The deaths of refugees should not be legitimised or tolerated in the name of protecting borders. The protection of human life must have the highest priority.’


Graphic / Comic news


Archie Vs Predator, Secret Wars,
The Infinite Loop

(extract from article by Graeme Virtue in the Guardian)
The perennial teen and the skull-hoarding death-lizard may seem like an incongruous pairing, but Archie Vs Predator somehow manages to remain true to to both properties. Imagine the Beano’s immortal hooligan Dennis The Menace in a Happy Days-style varsity jacket, but with less delinquency and more romance. That’s US comics icon Archie, a clean-cut teen about to turn 75 but still enjoying an endless adolescence in the idealised everytown of Riverdale. The common misconception is that Archie – an aw-shucks ginger dreamboat caught up in a decades-long love triangle with girl-next-door Betty and spoilt little princess Veronica – is all about nostalgia. More

London Book Fair’s Evolution Reflects Publishing’s “New Ecology”

(extract from article by Roger Tagholm in Publishing Perspectives)
There’s no doubt that London Book Fair Director Jacks Thomas has given the LBF a massive shot-in-the-arm, broadening its scope to take in gaming and tech, education and cross media; working extremely hard to cultivate links with China and beyond; and doing it all in the stylish and colorful way for which she is so well-known. More


Readings from World War 1

4pm, Sun 26 Apr, Depot Art Space, 28 Clarence St, Devonport
Michael King Writers' Centre has asked some leading writers to read the words of New Zealanders who experienced war at first hand. Join them at The Depot over a glass of wine to listen to the words and thoughts of New Zealanders who experienced the Great War. Readers will include Michael King Writers' Centre resident Roger Horrocks, social historian Dave Veart, former Poet Laureate Michele Leggott, Michael King's brother Terry King, and Devonport residents who have family stories and letters. All welcome. Koha appreciated ($5)

Lounge #43 - A Poetry Reading

5.30pm - 7 00pm, Wed 29 Apr, Old Govt House Lounge, City campus, cnr Princes St & Waterloo Qd
Tusiata Avia, Coral Carter, Jennifer Crompton, Makyla Curtis, Katia Duff, Sue Fitchett, Jack Ross, Denyce Su'a, Robert Sullivan, Hannah Owen-Wright. All welcome, free, food & drinks for sale in the Buttery. More. For info.

NZSA Canterbury Book Buzz - Celebrating Canterbury Writers

Friday 1 May 2015, 5.30pm to 8pm
Board Room, Christchurch South Library, Colombo Street, Christchurch
Everyone welcome. FREE (optional koha). Just come and listen, or read your work to others in a friendly environment. Help celebrate and support our local writers. More

Janet Frame Trust Celebration

7pm, 1 May. Burnside Homestead, 527 Burnside Road, Elderslie
The 10th birthday of JFEST- the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust will be celbrated at Burnside Homestead. Come to night of poetry, celebration and 1930's supper. Hear Vincent O'Sullivan, Owen Marshall and Sue Wootten. $25 or $20 for Friends.

The David Merritt Poetry Experience

5 00pm - 11 00pm, Wed 6 May, The Wine Cellar, St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd
Joined by guest poets throughout the evening. Koha, everyone receives one of DM's signature poems. More

22nd Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF)

1 to 4 July, Tokyo International Exhibition Centre
The Tokyo International Book Fair will take place later this year and we have confirmed that individual authors will be very welcome to exhibit at or visit the show. The minimum booth space is 5 sqm (2.5m x 2m). For more information email
Show information: BrochureFloor PlanParticipation CostContract Form2014 Post Show Report 

NZ ComicCon 2015

17 to 19 July. Wellington
NZ ComicCon will feature numerous events throughout Wellington City, and turn the Capital into Geek central for three incredible days and nights. More

Whanganui Literary Festival

12 to 20 September. Whanganui
A week-long celebration of writing, beginning with a Fringe Festival on September 12 2015. The main festival weekend will be from Friday 18 September to Sunday 20 September. More

Poetry Live every Tuesday night - Auckland

8pm, Thirsty Dog, K Road, Auckland
Guest Poet: Simone Kaho
Open Mic as usual. Koha at door. More

2015 NZ Poetry Conference

To be held in Wellington in November
NZ's poetry community is invited to register interest. More

Wellington - LitCrawl 2015

Saturday 14 November. More

Members' Book Launches

Parcels from Home book launch: Wellington and Auckland

Mark Webster, Paul Luker and Steve Bolton invite you to the launch of their first two books in the Parcel from Home series: Jack's War amd The POW Parcel Scheme and the New Zealand Red Cross in World War II. Published by CreativeTech Ltd Publishing, a new independent New Zealand publisher of multifunction, multitouch, electronic books. Wellington: Introduction from National President of Red Cross Dr Jenny McMahon (MBE, FNM) and from the Honorable Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central in Wellington. Auckland: Introduction from Jacinda Adern Labour list MP for Auckland Central.
  • Wellington, Friday April 24, 6 - 8pm. The NZ Red Cross training room 69 Molesworth St, Wgtn CBD. More
  • Auckland, Friday May 1, 6 - 8pm. Auckland RSC, 1 Francis St, Grey Lynn. More

Training Bites book launch: Auckland and Wellington

Angela Atkins is the author of NZ bestsellers Management Bites and Employment Bites. Her third bites book is now being launched! Training Bites is the bite sized guide to presentations, workshops and L&D – for anyone who has to present at seminars, design and run workshops or put training programmes in place. All NZSA members are invited to her book launch.
  • Auckland, Tuesday 19 May, 5.30 – 7pm. For details.
  • Wellington, Thursday 21 May, 5 – 6.30pm. For details.

If you have a book launch coming up and would like us to publicise this for you, please send details to If you have a new book, send a jpg of the cover and a brief synopsis to and we will put it in the monthly ChapBook.



Blue Haven Writing Workshop (Auckland)

Blue Haven Writing Workshop, Grey Lynn, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, every second Wednesday evening, two hours, in eight week terms. Bring your writing to share, and for critique. Prize-winning writer, editor, lecturer, and reviewer Raewyn Alexander has taken these for decades, and sends you individual typed notes each fortnight, too. Limited to four participants. Enquiries to

The Essentials of Oral History Research (Masterton)

May – June
This is a two day course. It will be tutored by Hugo Manson, broadcaster and oral historian, and Lynette Shum, Oral History Adviser, Alexander Turnbull Library.

Day One: Introduction to Oral History Saturday 23 May 8.45am-4.30pm
An introduction to oral history methodology. How to plan an oral history project, choose the best equipment, achieve clear audio recordings, select informants, follow ethical procedures, develop questioning techniques, process digital oral history, and make the material available for use. Bring a recorder if you have one you intend to use for recording.  Exercises to be completed before Day Two will be discussed. More

Day Two: Recording Seriously, Saturday 27 June 8.45am-4.30pm
Recording Seriously builds on Day One: Introduction to Oral History, reviewing work completed and covering in more detail interview techniques, project planning and technical, ethical, and legal issues. More

Workshops submitted by members are featured once in our fortnightly enews. To access information about workshops featured in previous enews - see Death by Deadline section in the members area of our website. Click here for quick access. View advertising rates for additional listings.



Seeking submissions for PEN NEW VOICES AWARD

We are seeking submissions from writers for the upcoming PEN New Voices Award 2015. Submissions must be unpublished prose 2000- 4000 words in length or unpublished poems up to 2500 words. Poetry may be one individual poem, a sequence, or a number of smaller poems. Writers must be aged 18-30 years. PEN NZ may nominate a maximum of two writers, one male and one female. Entries must be from NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) and not individuals. The winning writer will receive an award of $1,000 USD. The award is created to promote freedom of expression, literature, and the tenets of the PEN Charter and it actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities.

For details and guidelines see PEN International/New Voices Award. Submissions must be received by PEN NZ by 15 May 2015. For more details contact PEN NZ Spokesperson Dana Wensley, at

Picture: Andrei Kurkov presents the 2014 PEN International/New Voices Award to Marina Babanskaya at the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Except for NZSA initiatives, opportunities will appear here once and can then be found in Death by Deadline (here and on our website).

Death by Deadline



30  Closing Date for PLR Registrations More
30   National Flash Fiction Day writing competition More

May 22-24 May NZSA AGM - Havelock North

01  Prime Ministers Awards for Literary Achievement 2015. More
15  PEN New Voices. More
29  NZSA CompleteMS. More
29 The 2015 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. More
30  Flash Frontier. June Issue. Themed Shadows. More
31  Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Book Award (published). More
31  Bridport Prize. More
31 The International Proverse Prize. More
31  The Pikihuia Awards 2015. More


01 Robert Burns Fellowship. More
01 Children's Writer in Residence. More
01 Playmarket’s Brown Ink - Maori and Pasifika Playwrights. More
01 Playmarkets Asian Ink - New Zealand Asian Playwrights More
01 SHORTCUTS Track 2. More 
15 Narrative Prize for short story, poem etc. More
22 Franklin Writers Group Short Story Competition. More
25 Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry. More


20 Yarram Community Learning Centre. More
31 The Kathleen Grattan Award More


23 Emerging Writers’ Residencies. More 


30 Saving Endangered Species Int'l Playwriting Prize More

A list of all those important deadlines can be found on NZ Literary Calendar. If you wish to change the look of the calendar so that it appears in list format then click on Agenda on the top right hand corner of the calendar.

Bestsellers from Nielsen BookScan

Latest Nielsen Bestseller reports: Bestsellers Chart - fiction, non fiction, adults, childrenIndependent Booksellers Top 20

Do you know how well your book is selling?

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BookScan reports are competitively priced and a valuable tool in monitoring the effects of promotional campaigns, making business decisions such as ordering a reprint, or with scoping the potential for a new title in a specific subject area.
For more information please contact: Anna Hart phone 0800 447 029 or email: or visit our website
* Please note lifetime starts December 2008 or from publication date if published after December 2008

Writers on Radio and TV

Click here to see the lineup for upcoming Books on Radio New Zealand National.

Here's a direct link to Books on Saturday Morning

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