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‘Knockout’ short story collection wins country’s richest writing prize

Whanganui writer Airini Beautrais has won the $57,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her book Bug Week – the first person to take out the category for a collection of short stories in more than a decade.

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Nineteen projects, located at sites from Great Barrier Island in the north to Dunedin in the south, won New Zealand Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Queenstown on Saturday 9 November.

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People of all ages flocked to the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its previous attendance record with more than 83,000 seats filled across seven days of tremendous conversations, inspiring performances and theatres filled with laughter at venues throughout the city’s centre.

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Sydney, Australia: Sydney’s pre-eminent summer event, Sydney Festival, today announces its full festival program; including 12 world premieres, 14 Australian exclusives across an epic line-up of dance, theatre, installations, music, VR, talks, classes and free events collectively presenting a bold, eclectic and innovative program set to transform Sydney into a world cultural hub from 6-28 January.

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Six of New Zealand’s top teachers spanning early childhood, primary and secondary education received ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) from the Minister of Education, Hon. Chris Hipkins today.

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New Zealand architecture takes its place on the world stage at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, which launches on 28 May. Official exhibitions from 62 countries will compete for attention at the six-month event, which attracts a quarter of a million visitors and is regarded as the ‘Olympics of architecture’.

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Alan Duff, Elizabeth Knox and Don McGlashan Headline 24th Going West Writers Festival

New Zealand’s leading authors, poets, playwrights and musicians take to West Auckland’s theatres, halls and beaches at the 24th Going West Writers Festival 6-15 September, offering audiences ten days of inspiring words and ideas that cut through the clutter.

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Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy, a work described by the judges as ‘moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.’

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EXCELLENCE DRIVES FIERCE COMPETITION IN OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS’ SHORTLIST

Debut writers and literary luminaries vie for the country’s premier book honours in today’s finalist announcement of 16 compelling works that explore and re-imagine the natural, cultural and creative landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Women and men of all ages and children young and old flocked to the Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its own record with more than 74,000 seats filled across six days of tremendous conversations, performances, speeches and stand-up and long signing queues stretched across the foyers in the Aotea Centre.

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A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards.

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Get ready to be swept away in a pea green boat to the wonderful Wintergarden at The Civic, with The Owl and the Pussycat, from 12 to 15 July.

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