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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.
12-09-2014 - New Zealand Book Council/Creative New Zealand 2014/15 International Travel Fund grants announced
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.
03-09-2014 - New Zealand Book Council CEO Catriona Ferguson talks on Radio New Zealand about our efforts to encourage life-long readers
14-08-2014 - New literary translation prize for NZ secondary schools, to be judged by Eleanor Catton
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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For media enquiries, please contact New Zealand Book Council Communications Managers:
Rachel O’Neill (Rachel@bookcouncil.org.nz)
Phone: +64 4 801 5546
Fax: +64 4 801 5547
Catherine Cradwick (CatherineC@bookcouncil.org.nz)
Phone: +64 4 801 5546
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The New Zealand Book Council, with support from Victoria University of Wellington, will explore the legacy of WWI literature in the World War One Book Club. This is an opportunity to hear experts and enthusiasts discuss and dissect favourite writings on the war – from poetry to fiction, diaries to graphic novels.
World War One fervour is spreading in New Zealand as the hundred year anniversary is marked, causing everything from traffic congestion to a rash of poppy lapel badges. But among the history, the geography and the hagiography, what is the place for the literature of the Great War?
Kate Camp, Harry Ricketts, Jane Stafford and special guests will present three Tuesday evening panel events about World War One literature at the City Gallery Wellington.
‘War literature is a genre that appeals equally to men and women, young and old, pacifists and war nerds,’ says panellist Kate Camp. ‘The World War One Book Club is a chance to discover or revisit some of the great works from this ever-popular genre.’
The World War One Book Club discussion starts early on the New Zealand Book Council’s online readers’ hub with reading lists for the events, book recommendations, features and debate: www.booknotes-unbound.org.nz.
Event 1: World War One book club – The war poets
Tuesday 26 August, 6pm, at City Gallery Wellington (free admission)
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?
Event 2: World War One book club – Dispatches from the front
Tuesday 2 September, 6pm, at City Gallery Wellington (free admission)
With Kate Camp, Harry Ricketts, Jane Stafford and guest Kate Hunter
A freewheeling look at literature from the front lines, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Testament of Youth, and We Shall Not Cease. What makes the accounts of soldiers, nurses and pacifists more than mere diaries? And how did a German novel become the most influential account of fighting in World War One?
Event 3: World War One book club – Great books about the Great War
Tuesday 9 September, 6pm, at City Gallery Wellington (free admission)
With Kate Camp, Harry Ricketts, Jane Stafford and guest Matt Elliott
In recent years World War One has been the subject of graphic novels, children’s books, film and theatre, as well as bestselling novels like Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy and Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong. The panel discusses personal favourites, and considers the enduring appeal of the Great War for great writers.
Visit www.booknotes-unbound.org.nz to suggest questions and add to the reading list.
The World War One Book Club is proudly presented by the New Zealand Book Council with support from Victoria University of Wellington, and is hosted by City Gallery Wellington in association with their exhibition Chris Marker, Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men.
The panellists are available for media and interviews.
Kate Camp is a poet and broadcaster.
Harry Ricketts is a poet and biographer. His latest publication is How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War (Victoria University Press 2014).
Jane Stafford is a professor in the English programme at Victoria University of Wellington.
Dave Armstrong is a playwright and columnist for the Dominion Post.
Kate Hunter is Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.
Matt Elliott is an historian and biographer, and the author of the graphic novel Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I (HarperCollins NZ, 2011).
For further information about the World War One Book Club please visit www.bookcouncil.org.nz and www.booknotes-unbound.org.nz
For all other enquiries, please contact:
Rachel O’Neill, New Zealand Book Council Communications Manager
Phone: +64 4 801 5546
Catherine Cradwick, New Zealand Book Council Communications Manager
Phone: +64 4 801 5546
International bestselling crime writer Karin Slaughter and Crime Watch blogger Craig Sisterson will meet for the first time, thanks to the New Zealand Book Council, Wellington City Library and Random House NZ. Karin Slaughter is visiting Auckland and Wellington as part of a worldwide tour, and will be interviewed by Sisterson about her life and her latest novel, Cop Town, at the Wellington City Library from 6.00pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 August.
Set in 1970s Atlanta after the Vietnam War, Cop Town follows two female police officers who are fighting to prove themselves in both a society and an institution that are wrestling with the changing ideals of the time. Slaughter paints a stark picture far removed from the kitsch 70s stereotype, where sexual harassment, racism and corruption are part of the job, and an accepted way of life.
Since Slaughter’s hit debut in 2001, Blindsighted, she has become known for her gritty writing style, and generated a loyal base of readers worldwide. Her novels have sold in excess of 30 million copies and have been published in thirty-two different languages.
Raised in Georgia, Slaughter credits her father with igniting her love of reading and writing, by simply taking her to their local library as a child. As a result, she is passionate about communities having free access to books, and after a meeting with the American Library Association, she was inspired to spearhead an ongoing campaign, savethelibraries.com.
New Zealander Craig Sisterson is a proactive advocate for great writing. He founded the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in 2010 to champion the wealth of great crime, thriller and mystery writing in New Zealand, and writes Crime Watch, a blog dedicated to readers and writers of crime: http://kiwicrime.blogspot.co.nz/. Sisterson is well known for asking in-depth, unexpected questions, which has led him to interview many of the best crime novelists writing today.
Entry is free of charge, and audience members are promised a dynamic and engaging evening with a chance to have their copy of Cop Town personally signed by Karin Slaughter.
Meet Karin Slaughter
Join crime blogger Craig Sisterson for a compelling interview with Karin Slaughter, the internationally bestselling US crime-writer of Unseen and Criminal, as she tours her latest release, Cop Town.
Tuesday 12 August, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Ground Floor, Wellington City Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington
Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Whitcoulls.
For event enquiries, please contact: Lynette Hartgill, New Zealand Book Council
Phone: +64 4 801 5546
For media and interviews, please contact: Jennifer Balle, Penguin Random House NZ
Phone: 09 444 7197 / 021 482 093
Writers, publishers and festival event organisers are invited to apply for Round 1 of the 2014/2015 International Travel Fund grants, administered by the New Zealand Book Council, in partnership with Creative New Zealand. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday 29 August 2014.
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.
Applications can be made at any time but will be considered twice a year. Applications for Round 1 of the 2014/2015 programme close at 5pm on Friday 29 August. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday 9 September.
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, including New Zealand’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) in 2015.
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 (Feb/Mar 2015)
Adelaide Festival/ Adelaide Writers' Week (Feb/Mar 2015)
Sydney Writers’ Festival (May 2015)
Byron Bay Writers Festival (August 2015)
Melbourne Writers Festival (August 2015)
Brisbane Writers Festival (September 2015)
Hay on Wye Festival (May 2015)
Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 2015)
The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (October 2015)
Individual enquiries accepted
International Festival of Authors, Harborfront Toronto (October 2015)
WordFest, Calgary, Banff (October 2015)
Vancouver Writers Festival (October 2015)
Man Hong Kong Literary Festival (March 2015)
Singapore Writers Festival (November 2015)
Ubud Writers Festival, Bali (October, 2015)
Other literary festivals in the North East Asia region particularly South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan
Berlin International Literature Festival (September 2015)
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 www.publishers.org.nz/translation.
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, visit the NZ Book Council website: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/Book Council/Programmes/International Programme
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.
Applications are invited from graphic novelists and comic artists who wish to participate in a residential exchange between Taiwan and New Zealand. The exchange will enable three New Zealand artists to collaborate on the creation of a single graphic novel with three of their peers from Taiwan. The completed work will be published in a joint initiative by the Publishers Association of New Zealand and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and launched at the Taipei International Book Exhibition in February 2015, where New Zealand will be the Guest of Honour.
The first phase of the residency will take place in the Auckland region from Monday 13 October 2014 to Saturday 18 October 2014. The second phase will be in Taiwan and will take place from Monday 2 February 2015 to Friday 6 February 2015. The successful applicants will also be invited to remain in Taiwan for part of the Book Fair which will take place from 11–16 February 2015. Occasional video conferencing or Skype opportunities between the collaborators will also be made available.
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.
A fee of $2,500 is offered to each participating graphic novelist. This fee includes the cost of any artist materials required. If necessary, travel expenses to Auckland will be covered. Accommodation and meals will be provided during the period of the residency.
Travel to Taiwan and accommodation and per diems in Taiwan will also be covered.
The opportunity is open to graphic novelists and comic artists who can demonstrate a successful track record in the genre. This is likely to include a publication, either online or in print.
Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.
Applicants must be available to participate and travel to both Auckland and Taiwan on the appropriate dates.
Applicants should provide a covering letter which includes the following details:
- an outline of the applicant’s strengths and suitability for the residency
- ideas on how to create a successful collaborative process within the context of this project
- details of any experience of working on a collaborative artistic project
- confirmation of availability on the stipulated dates.
Applicants are also asked to provide a relevant CV. If appropriate, please also include one copy of a recent publication.
Two letters of support which outline the applicant’s suitability for the project may be included with the application.
Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday 11 August, 2014.
Please send your cover letter and CV to Book Council Chief Executive Catriona Ferguson by email firstname.lastname@example.org or post applications to:
Graphic Novelist Residency
New Zealand Book Council
Level 4, 156–158 Victoria St
Te Aro Wellington 0630
If you have any questions please email Catriona Ferguson at email@example.com or call her on 021 0248 2637.
For further information about New Zealand’s Guest of Honour programme at the Taipei International Book Exhibition please visit http://tinyurl.com/o9tt7pn
We gratefully acknowledge Creative New Zealand support for this project.