Books and reading change lives. Writers shape our culture. We spread the word.
Our mission is to champion the lifelong engagement of New Zealanders in reading, and to lead the promotion and nurturing of NZ writers, writing and books.
We are dedicated to inspiring a love of reading because we know the difference this makes to young lives. OECD research shows reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success.
Our Writers in Schools programme takes Kiwi writers to 400 schools in New Zealand, and touches the lives of over 40,000 school kids. We reach out to children in rural and low-decile areas, creating unique opportunities for them to meet Kiwi authors and illustrators, often for the first time.
Throughout the school year we also tour a variety of writers and illustrators away from their home region, so that schools can benefit from hosting someone they couldn’t otherwise afford.
Our Speed Date an Author events create the opportunity for aspiring young writers to receive tuition from some of New Zealand’s best poets, journalists, novelists, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators.
In the clip below, our Chair Peter Biggs explains why the work we do is so important, and shares some moments from one of our Speed Date an Author events in Dunedin, UNESCO City of Literature.
Want to help us change kids’ lives? Join us and support the work we do here.
BOOKS SHAPE THE WORLD
Books have always shaped the people who shape our world.
Armed with this insight, Colenso BBDO and the New Zealand Book Council joined forces to create a print and poster campaign that reminds people of the power of the written word with the goal of changing how digital natives view great pieces of literature in an online world.
Each of the three executions features the familiar library card and bares the signature of important and culturally significant individuals who’ve been influenced by that particular book.
“Our mission is to champion readers, writers, and books in New Zealand – and this campaign is going to help. We’re incredibly excited about this idea and as this is only the beginning of what we see its full potential to be,” said Catriona Ferguson, CEO of the New Zealand Book Council.
“Everyone that worked on this campaign is passionate about reading, and are thrilled to think some of that might rub off on people who aren’t” said Nick Worthington, Creative Chairman of Colenso BBDO.
In June 2015, Cannes Lions, the world’s biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry, recognised and awarded this year’s most exciting creative ideas across 16 categories, covering everything from traditional print and film communications to technology and product design.
Advertising agency Colenso BBDO in partnership with The New Zealand Book Council scooped three silver lions in the Outdoor category for their Book Shape the World campaign.
Want to help spread the word? You can download the posters here.
Book Council News
New Zealand Book Council/Creative New Zealand International Travel Fund grants open
Writers, publishers and festival event organisers are invited to apply for Round 1 of the 2015/2016 International Travel Fund grants, administered by the New Zealand Book Council, in partnership with Creative New Zealand.
Applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday 28 August 2015. Applicants will be notified of the grant results in mid-September 2015.
The purpose of the International Travel Fund is to showcase New Zealand writing talent overseas by supporting New Zealand writers to attend a range of key international writing festivals and events.
Applicants are advised that funding will not be granted for retrospective attendance to festivals.
Priority will be 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.
In addition, we anticipate building strong relationships with close neighbours Australia and key international English language festivals in the UK, Canada and the United States. The current target festivals are:
Perth Writers Festival
Adelaide Festival/ Adelaide Writers’ Week
Sydney Writers’ Festival
Byron Bay Writers Festival
Melbourne Writers Festival
Brisbane Writers Festival
Hay on Wye Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
Individual enquiries accepted
International Festival of Authors, Harborfront Toronto
WordFest, Calgary, Banff
Vancouver Writers Festival
Hong Kong Literary Festival
Singapore Writers Festival
Ubud Writers Festival, Bali
Other literary festivals in the North East Asia region particularly South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan
Berlin International Literature Festival
We will also consider applications from other festivals and event organisers for initiatives that support Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes. However, priority will be given to the festivals listed above.
The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) in partnership with Creative New Zealand supports the translation of New Zealand literature into foreign languages. Information on the New Zealand Literature Translations Grant Programme can be found here.
We will accept applications from publishers who wish to invite a writer whose book has been supported through the Translation Fund to participate in promotional tours. This must directly relate to the marketing of the book funded through this initiative.
Travel to other literary events and funding for other international opportunities can be applied for through Creative New Zealand Contestable Funding. Please see their website for details: http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/en/getting-funded
How to apply
For further information on how to apply for the International Travel Fund, click here.
If you require further information on New Zealand authors who might be suitable for international events please contact Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson: email@example.com
On Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks from 15 June, Wellington City Libraries invite you to test your imagination and your skill with language, and help celebrate Matariki! Inspired by the New Zealand Book Council’s #ramereshorts weekly Twitter competitions, they’ll be running a special word challenge for the 4 weeks of Matariki, every Monday and Wednesday.
They’ll post up two te reo Māori kupu those mornings, as well as two English words, and all you need to do, is bring your word play skills and include them in a tweet short story, together with the #MatarikiMash hashtag.
Just a reminder that our Annual General Meeting will be held at the Book Council’s offices on the 16th of June 2015 at 4.15pm.
We’d love you to join us! If you would like to attend the AGM please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 04 801 5546 asap.
The Book Council offices are located on Level 4, Stephenson & Turner House, 156 – 158 Victoria St, Te Aro, Wellington.
Our audited accounts and annual report for 2014 will be available to view on our website following the AGM.
Book Council Chief Executive
The New Zealand Book Council receives core funding from Creative New Zealand. We are extremely grateful to our funding partners, who enable us to deliver our programmes. We also value your membership, which supports our work in schools and communities throughout New Zealand.
Editing The Urewera Notebook
Anna Plumridge has edited a newly transcribed edition of The Urewera Notebook by Katherine Mansfield. This publication is the first scholarly edition, and provides an original transcription, a collation of the alternative readings and textual criticism of prior editors, plus new information about the politics, people and places Mansfield encountered on her journey.
5 quick questions with Jeff Evans
Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby: Not Here by Chance by Jeff Evans (Huia Publishers) tells the life story of Hec Busby. Busby is a master waka builder, waka expert, celestial navigator, and highly regarded Te Rarawa Elder. We asked Jeff a few quick questions about his new book on Busby.
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