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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.
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New Zealand’s leading national reading charity, the New Zealand Book Council, is pleased to announce the inaugural Moving Words prize – a literary translation prize for New Zealand secondary schools.
The prize has been developed by the New Zealand Book Council in conjunction with the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation and Wai-te-ata Press at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Ministry of Education. The prize is a reflection of New Zealand’s multi-ethnic and multilingual society and aims to inspire and reward excellence in literary translation by secondary-level students.
“We are delighted to be able to offer an avenue for the celebration of literature and language in our secondary schools and to inspire students to approach writing, and indeed reading, from a fresh perspective,” says New Zealand Book Council CEO, Catriona Ferguson.
Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton will chair a judging panel that will select the top three entries out of 20 shortlisted entries.
The prize is awarded for the best previously unpublished translation into English, te reo Māori or New Zealand Sign Language of a piece of poetry or prose of no longer than 400 words.
• $500 to the first place winner(s) and $500 to their school.
• $250 to the second place winner(s) and $250 to their school.
• $125 to the third place winner(s) and $125 to their school.
• A special prize will be awarded by the Honourable Chris Finlayson to the best translation from Latin or Greek.
Translations will be judged on accuracy, literary merit and on the entrant’s choice of the original piece for thematic and stylistic complexity.
The award is open to New Zealand residents or citizens who are attending a New Zealand secondary school, or receiving home schooling at a secondary school level, and are under 19 years of age at the closing date for submissions to the competition.
Closing date for submissions is 26 September 2014.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.movingwordsnz.weebly.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, visit www.movingwordsnz.weebly.com.
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