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University of Auckland lecturer and award-winning fiction writer Paula Morris has been short-listed for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the world’s richest prize for a single short story.

Paula Morris’s story, False River, was announced as one of the 19 short stories on this year’s long list in February. In an international line-up of writers, she is the only author from the Southern Hemisphere in contention for the…

Janet Wilson finalist in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award

Janet Wilson finalist in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award

    Congratulations to NZSN’s former Deputy Chair, Professor Janet Wilson, who was runner-up in the UK New Zealander of the Year Award, 2015. Professor Wilson reached the finals of the award with two others and was recognised for her…

Review: New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition

Review: New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition

New Myths and Old Politics: The Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition by Tipene O’Regan. Wellington NZ: Bridget Williams Books/BWB Texts series (Epub, Kindle, PDF), 2014. 35pp.  $4.99.  Reviewed by Bruce Harding. ISBN 97819271311992 (EPUB) / ISBN 9781927247785 (KINDLE)…

Translation: Un Pais de Cuento: Veinte relatos de Nueva Zelanda

Translation: Un Pais de Cuento: Veinte relatos de Nueva Zelanda

‘This is a triumph, and we are thrilled.  Zaragoza University Press is to be congratulated on publishing Un Pais de Cuento, the first ever volume of New Zealand short stories translated into Spanish, and so is Paloma Fresno Calleja   for…

Democracy or empire? Reflections on the British…

A Message Sir Graeme Davies and the Trustees of The NZ-UK Link Foundation: Thank-you Many thanks once again to all those who attended the Sir Hew Strachan Annual Lecture, which took place at Senate House on 16 October 2014. Videopodcast…

Review: Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald

Review: Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald

Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald. By Jenifer Roberts [Otago University Press, 2014.  $NZ40.00 paperback. ISBN 978-1-877578-73-1] In 1850 James Edward FitzGerald became the first of the New Zealand Company’s immigrants to set foot in Canterbury.  He had…

NZ – Pasifika poets perform in Scotland

Poets and performers, Grace Taylor and Tusiata Avia round off a highly successful ‘NZ at Edinburgh’ season which has seen more than 200 New Zealand artists participating in seven different festivals. Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival,…

NZ Society and KEA present an evening with Mike Inglis

Between losing his legs from frostbite at the age of 23 and then becoming the only amputee to have stood on the summit of Mount Everest, Mark Inglis has carved out a career as a scientist, a winemaker, business innovator…

NZ-UK Link Foundation Professor Hew Strachan on the First World War and three lectures by Professor Robin Gauld

Put these dates in your diary! Times will be confirmed soon and an rsvp link included, so watch this space. 16 October 2014, 5 pm, Senate House, University of London, in collaboration with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies: Sir Hew…

Te Ara wairua: pathways of the intangible

Te Ara wairua: pathways of the intangible

Te Ara wairua: pathways of the intangible Tuesday, 17 June, Octagon Gallery, UCL, 8.30 pm. All welcome. In a live connection to New Zealand, a Maori cloak from the UCL Ethnography Collection will be bathed in light and sound from…

Address at Fleur Adcock’s Festschrift launch, Keynes Room, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London, 14 February 2014

Address at Fleur Adcock’s Festschrift launch, Keynes Room, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London, 14 February 2014

(Click to hear a brief introduction from Rod Edmond, followed by Janet Wilson’s speech, the transcript of which is found below.) Janet Wilson, University of Northampton Welcome Everybody, especially to those who have come a long way (there are some…

‘Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free’ by Maire Leadbeater

‘Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free’ by Maire Leadbeater

Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free by Maire Leadbeater Otago University Press,  2013 ISBN 978-1-877578-58-8 New Zealand’s nuclear-free status remains a proud part of the national psyche. In celebrating this achievement, it is easy to lose…

Gafa: A Family called Samoa

Gafa: A Family called Samoa

Gafa Arts Collective present ‘Gafa: A Family called Samoa’ 29-30 October and 1 November 2013 Testbed 1, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NX Tickets: £12/£10. Buy here About the film ‘Gafa: A Family called Samoa’, is the work of the…

‘The Orator’, NZ film by writer-director Tusi Tamasese

‘The Orator’, NZ film by writer-director Tusi Tamasese

Gafa Arts Collective present ‘The Orator’ 26 October 2013, at 1.00 pm Richmix Cinema and Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch/Bethnal Green Tickets: £9.50 conc. £7.00 About the film The first ever Samoan feature film Saili (Fa’afiaula Sagote) is a…

Time to honour Davin

Time to honour Davin

It’s time author and publisher Dan Davin was honoured in The Dunedin Writers’ Walk in the Octagon, writes Tony Eyre, a Dunedin writer in the Otago Daily Times, 6 September, 2013

A Short Film for ‘The Big Music’ by Kirsty Gunn

A Short Film for ‘The Big Music’ by Kirsty Gunn

Inspired by Kirsty Gunn’s James Tait Black prize-shortlisted novel ‘The Big Music’. Narrated by Brian Cox and filmed by Gary M. Gowans. A story about family, love and the power of the imagination. The Big Music tells the story of…

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships in New Zealand

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships in New Zealand

Experienced researchers considering applying for an Individual Fellowship in 2014 under the new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – part of the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme – are invited to consider The University of Auckland, New Zealand, as their outgoing Host Organisation….

Professor Leslie Young – China’s Growth Dries Up

Professor Leslie Young – China’s Growth Dries Up

China’s growth momentum is now entrenched in its political economy, but will be destabilized by the resulting water shortages and pollution. Historically, China’s culture and institutions were shaped by the high social returns to large-scale water management, but today its…

28 June 2013: Book Launch: Fleur Adcock & Rod Edmond

28 June 2013: Book Launch: Fleur Adcock & Rod Edmond

NZSN proudly hosts the launch of new books by Fleur Adcock & Professor Rod Edmond, who recently returned from tours promoting their books in NZ.   The books   Glass Wings by Fleur Adcock (Bloodaxe Books, Tarset, Northumberland and Victoria…

‘Webs of Empire – Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past’ by Tony Ballantyne

‘Webs of Empire – Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past’ by Tony Ballantyne

      Tony Ballantyne, Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past, Bridget Williams Books, 2012 ISBN 978-1-927131-43-5   In chapter 10 of this important collection of essays on New Zealand’s colonial past, Tony Ballantyne records a Damascene experience…

8 June 2013: Taonga Puoro: Singing Treasures Workshop

8 June 2013: Taonga Puoro: Singing Treasures Workshop

  11am – 2pm MAL B20  Lecture Theatre Birkbeck, University of London   New Zealand Studies Network presents a workshop event with composer, practitioner and cross genre collaborator, Horomona Horo.   Mentored by tohunga of taonga puoro, the late Dr…

31 May 2013: The Topic of Water: ‘China’s Growth Dries Up’

31 May 2013: The Topic of Water: ‘China’s Growth Dries Up’

with Dr Leslie Young, Professor of Economics at  the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing Friday 31 May, 7pm at Birkbeck College, Lecture Hall B18, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX To book a place register:  http://waterdrleslieyoung.eventbrite.co.uk/ The New Zealand Studies Network brings…

‘From Medieval English to Postcolonial Studies’ by Janet Wilson, University of Northampton

‘From Medieval English to Postcolonial Studies’ by Janet Wilson, University of Northampton

To introduce this topic, I really have to start with my life at secondary school –i.e.  Wellington Girls’ College, Wellington—where I began developing an interest in languages as well as History and English, and studied Latin,  German and French,  and…

25 March 2013: ‘Water Whisperers – Tangaroa’ directed by Kathleen Gallagher

25 March 2013: ‘Water Whisperers – Tangaroa’ directed by Kathleen Gallagher

  Katherine Goldsmith, environmentalist, has agreed to introduce the film screening ‘Water Whisperers – Tangaroa’ on Monday 25 March 2013, 7pm at Birkbeck Cinema, Gordon Square, London. Tickets are £5.00 and all proceeds will be given to Wick Candle Film…

‘The Peastick Girl’ by Susan Hancock

‘The Peastick Girl’ by Susan Hancock

        ‘The Peastick Girl’    Susan Hancock    Published by Black Pepper, 2012    IBSN:  9781876044749 (pbk.)     Early in this novel someone remarks to its central protagonist that New Zealand is ‘a hard country to…

8 March 2013:  NZUGA Buffet Supper with Dr Gerri Kimber

8 March 2013: NZUGA Buffet Supper with Dr Gerri Kimber

At the time of writing this flyer, the landmark publication of the Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, edited by Gerri Kimber and Vincent O’Sullivan, is being launched in New Zealand by Edinburgh University Press.  This collection includes previously uncollected stories,…