Diplomatic Ladies: New Zealand's Unsung Envoys
New Zealand Book Council
Bringing Books and People Together
Like no other human activity reading opens up our imagination. It enables us to understand those around us. It allows us to project the future and reach back into the past. Reading can entertain, challenge and educate. We believe that reading can transform people's lives.
Our mission is to inspire more New Zealanders to read more; to promote reading in general, but particularly to represent and promote New Zealand writing and writers – our own artists, stories and points of view.
'The New Zealand Book Council encourages our intellectual life and promotes the power of words. Through its diverse programmes, it educates and entertains adults and school children in communities throughout New Zealand.'
Dame Fiona Kidman, writer and President of Honour, New Zealand Book Council
The New Zealand Book Council is a national not-for-profit organisation founded as an Incorporated Society in 1972. Our work promotes the love of books and reading among all New Zealanders, and, in particular, aims to introduce communities and readers across the country to New Zealand's literary wealth.
Our flagship programme, Writers in Schools, has been encouraging and inspiring children to read, write, create and learn through books for more than 35 years, providing free writer visits for more than 50,000 students each year.
Through our storytelling event programme, True Stories Told Live, writers, artists, musicians and politicians entertain audiences with surprising, dramatic, funny, frightening and moving true stories with our storytelling event programme. Following successful programmes in Wellington and Auckland, True Stories, Told Live is expanding in 2013 to regional centres.
Through our International Programme we support New Zealand writers to greater success on the world stage and our literary culture and heritage to greater exposure outside New Zealand.
Our new online magazine hub Booknotes Unbound, will launch in October 2013 as part of a new and bigger editorial effort at the Book Council. Booknotes Unbound replaces our printed magazine Booknotes and will offer readers readers “the world of books with unique New Zealand content" with high-quality articles, commentary and new writing from New Zealand contributors. Until then, the Book Council's editorial programme continues with great editorial features, author chat and commentary published regularly on our readers' pages at Open Book, and in our monthly e-newsletter.
In providing these and other literary programmes, the Book Council is led by Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson and a governing board, chaired by Peter Biggs, which sets the policy and strategic direction of the organization. We are funded by an annual Creative New Zealand grant, donations, charitable grants and the subscriptions of a 1700-strong membership made up of individuals, schools, tertiary institutions, libraries and businesses.
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