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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.
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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.
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.
You can download the posters here.
Book Council News
Reading changes lives – acclaimed reading advocate Miranda McKearney visits New Zealand to tell us why
The New Zealand Book Council and the National Library of New Zealand have combined forces to bring British reading and social justice entrepreneur, Miranda McKearney to New Zealand from 4 – 8 April, 2016. Miranda will speak at events in Auckland and Wellington focusing on how books and reading can enable individuals to fully participate in social, economic, cultural and political life.
Miranda founded The Reading Agency, an organisation established in 2002 which aims to inspire more people in the UK to read more, encourages them to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference reading makes to all our lives. The New Zealand Book Council and the National Library of New Zealand share an ambition to encourage Kiwis to enjoy all that a good book has to offer.
Miranda received an OBE in 2005 for services to education and libraries. She is now leading the work of EmpathyLab, a small start-up passionate about the creative power of words to build empathy, and the power of empathy to make the world a better place.
Miranda says “helping people to become confident and enthusiastic readers can change lives. I'm excited about coming to NZ to share experience of starting practical programmes which inspire thousands of people to enjoy reading for the first time.”
Peter Biggs, Chair of the Board of the New Zealand Book Council said “Research demonstrates that reading for pleasure hugely impacts wellbeing, increases empathy and emotional intelligence, and builds self-esteem. Our aim is to get more New Zealanders reading more often and we are keen to identify any synergies with successful UK programmes”.
Bill Macnaught, National Librarian said Miranda’s visit is timely. “The National Library is heavily involved in a number of initiatives to encourage reading, particularly among young people. Our Services to Schools programme is trying new ways to engage young New Zealanders with reading, and to encourage a culture of reading for pleasure. It is also increasingly important for agencies like the Library and the Book Council to step up the ways we work together to nurture and promote reading.”
Launched in 2014 by the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Writers Festival, the Great Kiwi Classic initiative is an annual opportunity for readers of all ages and interests to celebrate our most treasured books and writers.
In 2014, Keri Hulme’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People was selected as the inaugural Great Kiwi Classic after a wealth of public nominations, and Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame received the 2015 crown.
The Great Kiwi Classic has had a makeover for 2016! This year’s Auckland Writers Festival event, The Great Kiwi Classic: Face-Off, will feature four super fans staking a claim on behalf of a writer for the title 2016 Great Kiwi Classic author.
Literary biographer Rachel Barrowman (shortlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) will punt for Maurice Gee; Mary Paul for Robin Hyde; theatre critic John Smythe for Bruce Mason; and John Weir for James K. Baxter.
A follow-up discussion will attempt to distil the essence of home-grown literary classics, chaired by Rosabel Tan, editor of The Pantograph Punch.
We want you to be involved in the discussion! Which of the four would you nominate as the 2016 Great Kiwi Classic author, and why? Tell us in 400 words or less via email firstname.lastname@example.org or a post on our Facebook page by 15 April 2016.
We will publish your nominations on the New Zealand Book Council’s Booknotes Unbound blog, and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win a prize pack of classic NZ books!
Storylines’ annual celebration of New Zealand’s writers of children’s literature, their books and achievements
The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust has today announced the shortlists for its three major national writers’ awards: the Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text, the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a junior novel manuscript, and the Tessa Duder Award for a young adult novel manuscript.
‘These prestigious national awards recognise and reward both established and emerging New Zealand writers of children’s literature.’ says Gillian Wess, Storylines Executive Officer.
The three shortlists follow, and will also be posted on: http://www.storylines.org.nz.
Storylines Joy Cowley Award Shortlist
(in association with Scholastic New Zealand; open to all New Zealand writers)
The Boy who could Fly, Nikki Cockburn, Lower Hutt
Little Brown Mouse, Hayley Bowman, Wellington
Mysterious Day in the Middle of May, Belinda O’Keefe, Christchurch
No Mess and No Noise, Monique Reymer, Ohaupo (Waikato)
The Rare and Endangered Archew, Sarah Grundy, Wellington
NOTE: This award is made annually, when merited, and includes editorial direction by Joy Cowley. There is a monetary prize of $1500 with an offer of publication by Scholastic New Zealand Limited.
Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award Shortlist
(in association with Scholastic New Zealand; open to previously unpublished writers)
Mud Boy, Melanie Dixon, Lyttelton
Tilly and the Trophy Tryouts, Christine Walker, Christchurch
Tui Street Tales, Anne Kayes, Auckland
NOTE: This award is made annually, when merited, to the author of a work of fiction for children between seven and 13 years of age. The award carries a monetary prize of $1500 and an offer of publication by Scholastic New Zealand.
Storylines Tessa Duder Award
(sponsored by Walker Books, Australia, open to all New Zealand writers)
Grow, Amy Martin, Ohaupo (Waikato)
The Knowledge Keeper, Jessica Pawley, Red Beach, Auckland
The Sin Chronicles: New Blood, Gareth Ward, Havelock North
Wild Cards, Fifi Colston, Wellington
NOTE: This award is made biennially, when merited, to the New Zealand author of a work of fiction for young adults aged 13 and above. The award carries a monetary prize of $1500. It was last awarded in 2012.
The winners will be announced at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day on Sunday 3 April. The event is held in Auckland each year on the weekend closest to International Children’s Book Day, 2 April - Hans Christian Andersen's birthday.
DETAILS: 2.30-5.30pm, Sunday 3 April at the Music Auditorium at Auckland University Epsom campus. Parking is at Gate 2, Epsom Ave, Epsom.
Media are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Vicki Cunningham email@example.com 0277746301
For more information about the awards or the 3 April event, please contact:
Lorraine Steele (on behalf of Storylines), at:
Lighthouse PR, Lorraine@lighthousepr.co.nz | Tel. 021-859-805,
or Storylines Events Manager, Vicki Cunningham,
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