And the Award goes to…

It is my great honour to announce the winners of the 2017 New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. On Wednesday evening, we held a cozy event at the gorgeous old Malthouse Theatre in Christchurch. Many of the shortlisted writers, along with others in the writing community and local NZ Society of Authors branch,... Continue Reading →


Spring has Sprung… with Scribes

The scribblers are about to land! The wordsmiths, the storytellers, the poets, playwrights and publishers, they're coming to town and, like Santa Claus, bring gifts, and hope, and an excellent excuse to get together with people you love. That is, all you writers in and around Canterbury. Yes, the lot of you. Even the weird... Continue Reading →

October Fest: Literary Edition

We at the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Society of Authors are thrilled to bring you FREE writing workshops this October! Thanks to Creative NZ, you'll get ten incredible sessions to choose from, for the grand price of zero dollars! Mark your diaries for... Friday 13 October, from 5.30pm Saturday 14 October, from 9am till... Continue Reading →

Shiny Shiny Shortlists!

Today's the day! At last, we can announce the finalists of the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competitions. Shiny! Where to begin...? Poetry, Novel, Non-Fiction or Short Prose? Hm... Okay, here goes, pulling it out of the hat, totally random... let's start with... Non Fiction Books! The shortlisted titles are... Tuai: Traveller in... Continue Reading →

Introducing the Judges, pt.1

I feel like I'm about to burst! Such good news and finally, I don't need to keep it secret a moment longer. The 2017 Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition is open now, and you needn't wait any longer to know who will be reading and judging your books! Okay, deep breath, here we go.... Continue Reading →

Announcing our May Writing Workshops!

Here we go again, folks. Another year, another weekend of WICKED writing workshops! Would you like to know who we’ve pulled out the literary hat this time? I'm picturing a beret, myself, but maybe that's because I lived in Paris for a bit. Perhaps your literary head-dress is a fedora, a newsboy cap, or that practical woolly... Continue Reading →

2016 in Review

Well, we're nearly done folks. December looms with all its tinselly terror and this mad year is almost done. Good riddance, you may say. Fair enough. If 2016 were a book it would be 'A Series of Unfortunate Events.' However... on the Canterbury Lit-Scene side of things, it's been a pretty great one. We began with a... Continue Reading →

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