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Last month the New Zealand Book Council, with support from Victoria University of Wellington, explored the legacy of WWI literature in the World War One Book Club. Three panel events saw experts and enthusiasts discuss and dissect favourite writings on the war – from poetry to fiction, diaries to graphic novels.
The World War One Book Club was recorded by Radio NZ and the first event – on the war poets – was broadcast on Sunday 12 October. More information about the World War One Book Club, including reading lists and feature articles, is available on Booknotes Unbound.
Event 1: World War One book club – The war poets
With Kate Camp, Harry Ricketts, Jane Stafford and guest Dave Armstrong
A lively discussion exploring the power and appeal of the war poets. Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and their contemporaries began as radical debunkers, but have they become comfortable clichés of war?
Six graphic novelists will participate in the first residential exchange between Taiwan and New Zealand courtesy of a joint initiative between the Publishers Association of New Zealand, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and the New Zealand Book Council.
The exchange will enable three New Zealand artists to collaborate on the creation of a graphic novel with three graphic novelists from Taiwan. The first stage of this exciting opportunity will be held in Auckland in October 2014, and the second phase will take place in Taiwan in February 2015.
The completed work will be jointly published by the Publishers Association of New Zealand and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and launched in February 2015 at the Taipei International Book Exhibition, at which New Zealand is to be Guest of Honour.
Catriona Ferguson, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council said "We are delighted that for the first time ever, three wonderful Kiwi graphic novelists are going to have the chance to develop something new and exciting with their counterparts from Taiwan. This is a great opportunity to showcase our local talent both to Taiwan and the world."
About the exchange participants:
• Tim Gibson has a background in illustrating worlds, characters and monsters for films including Tintin, District 9 and Avatar. His website www.mothcity.com offers a fresh take on the traditional murder mystery and is distributed through digital comics distributor ComiXology. Tim’s work has been widely anthologised and Moth City is considered a ground-breaking approach to storytelling.
• Rachel Fenton is a novelist, poet and graphic novelist. Her work has been published both online and in print and includes cross-genre collaborations with other creative professionals. In 2012 she was awarded the AUT Creative Writing Award and has held an artist in residence position at Counterexample Poetics.
• Ant Sang is an award-winning graphic novelist who has also produced numerous short comics for local anthologies and educational purposes. Shaolin Burning was awarded an Honour Award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and was selected for the Storylines Notable Books list that same year. His 2004 comic series The Dharma Punks will be reprinted in graphic novel form for the first time in 2014.
• Chuang Yung-shin is one of the most well-known commercial film directors in Taiwan. In 1997 he published Film Maker’s Notes, a comic which recorded his life and works and has been reprinted 18 times. Since then he has gone on to publish further award winning works, including The Window and ‘80s Diary in Taiwan1.
• 61Chi graduated from the Art Department of Taiwan Normal University. Her first book of comics, Room, was published in January 2014. 61Chi belongs to the new generation of Taiwanese comics artists with versatile drawing talents and a broad range of skills across genres, including children’s illustration, American style realistic drawing and Japanese aesthetic style.
• Ahn Zhe was born in Taipei in 1985. While his work encompasses graphic design, illustration and storyboard design, his true passion lies in art as well as image and word creation. His works include The Dream Under the Bed, published by TITAN Publishing Co. Ltd. in 2011, and he has also contributed to collections such as 80s Taipei x 90s Hong Kong.
The aim of the exchange is to:
• foster collaboration between artists
• enable the creation and publication of a cross-cultural graphic novel
• create an opportunity for graphic novels to be discussed and explored within an international context.
If you have any questions or to find out about the availability of exchange participants for interview, please email Catriona Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 021 0248 2637.
We gratefully acknowledge support from Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, for this project.
New Zealand authors will appear at high-profile international literary festivals and share our literary culture on the world stage with assistance from New Zealand Book Council/Creative New Zealand 2014/15 International Travel Fund grants.
Kate De Goldi, Anne Kennedy, Ian Wedde, Damien Wilkins, Rachael Craw and Rachel Fenton will attend upcoming international literary events with support from the International Travel Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support and showcase New Zealand writing talent at key international writing festivals.
The programme continues to make a targeted approach to enhancing the profile of New Zealand writing overseas by developing long term relationships with a specific range of international festivals. Priority is given to those applications that align with Creative New Zealand’s strategic initiatives, such as the Te Manu Ka Tau international visitors’ programme, and the Focus on Asia initiative, including New Zealand’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) in 2015.
In addition, strong relationships have been developed with close neighbours Australia and key international English language festivals in the UK, Canada and the United States.
For further information about the International Travel Fund visit the Book Council website: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/Book Council/Programmes/International Programme
2014/15 International Travel Fund grants:
Adelaide Writer’s Week
$3,000 to support the attendance of Kate De Goldi, Anne Kennedy, Ian Wedde and Damien Wilkins
Perth Writer’s Festival
$1,200 to support the attendance of Rachael Craw
$2,000 to attend the Dundee Literary Festival
For further information please contact Catriona Ferguson: email@example.com or by phone on 021 024 82637.
Truth telling – top Kiwi children’s writers discuss the power of war books – and more – on our online hub for Kiwi booklovers, Booknotes Unbound.
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