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Tim Wilson – 5 Questions
 Tim Wilson (photo by Nicholas George) What made you want to write a sequel to News Pigs?  Neither the characters, nor New York would let me go. I had some things to say about NYC,...

An interview with Jenny Bornholdt
Jenny Bornholdt (photo by Deborah Smith) What is like looking back over such a large body of work to make decisions for what to include in the Selected Poems? It was like watching an old home...

Ashleigh Young – 5 Questions
Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young will be released on 11 August. Ashleigh's essays are already well known from her popular blog, eyelashroaming. She works as an editor at VUP and teaches...

Best Book Design Award
Last night at the PANZ Book Design Awards, James K. Baxter: Complete Prose won the top award for book design. We are thrilled that this magnificent beast (5.5 kgs of books and over one million words)...

Nigel Cox (13 January 1951 – 28 July 2006)
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since my friend Nigel Cox died. I think about him often, and I am enormously proud to have had a hand in publishing these half dozen essential...

Kerrin P. Sharpe – 4 Questions
Kerrin P. Sharpe is a poet and creative writing teacher who lives in Christchurch. rabbit rabbit is her third collection of poetry. Your poems often seem to exist in what I think of as a dream...

Elizabeth Knox's launch speech for Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley
I thought I'd start by reading a little list of some of the professions people have in The Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley. Apart from the practical, everyday photographer or novelist, there’s...

Interview with Danyl McLauchlan
 Danyl McLauchlan (Robert Cross, 2016) Your new book, Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley, returns to the familiar territory of your debut novel, Unspeakable Secrets – a main character down...

Interview with Tracey Slaughter
Tracey Slaughter's Deleted Scenes for Lovers is already gathering rave reviews at The Spinoff, 'note-perfect, plentiful', and in NZ Listener, 'self-assured, forceful'. Deleted Scenes for Lovers will...

Interview with Tusiata Avia
Tusiata Avia's new poetry collection Fale Aitu | Spirit House will be launched during the Auckland Writers Festival on Wednesday this week. Tusiata is taking part in a number of sessions at AWF, see...

Kate Camp's launch speech for Bill Nelson's Memorandum of Understanding
Kate Camp gave this speech at Bill Nelson's launch last week. Thanks Kate for letting us reproduce it here.  Kate Camp giving her launch speech  I used to like annoying Bill by...

Four questions for Bill Nelson
Bill Nelson's debut poetry collection, Memorandum of Understanding, is launched tonight at The Southern Cross (all welcome!). We asked him four questions about his new book. Bill Nelson 2016 (Grant...

Rachel Bush
It is with great sadness we learned that our good friend Rachel Bush died yesterday. Rachel was a wonderful poet, an astute reader and a warm supporter of other writers. She will be greatly missed....

Fits and Starts – an interview with Andrew Johnston
Andrew Johnston (photo supplied) In your day job you work both as an editor and as a teacher of ‘plain English’. Poetry is the opposite of plain English isn’t it – thinking here of the way you play...

Dad Art – an interview with Damien Wilkins
Dad Art is Damien Wilkins eighth novel. It will be launched on Thursday 10 March during Writers Week in Wellington. Damien Wilkins (Grant Maiden photography) I heard I rumour you wrote this...

Cold Water Cure: Q&A with poet Claire Orchard
Claire Orchard's debut poetry collection,Cold Water Cure, will be published and launched at our Writers Week publisher's party next week. Ahead of the launch, we asked Claire about her collection and...

Found in translation: The Transit of Venus Poetry Exchange
This week we launched Transit of Venus | Venustransit at the Royal Society. One of the poets involved, Chris Price, has written about her approach to writing poetry for this unique project. ...

My first 'adult' book | an essay on Maurice Gee's MEG by Holly Hunter
We welcome Holly Hunter, fresh from the Whitireia Diploma in Publishing, who will be joining our team in February for a six-month internship. Holly edited The Plays of Bruce Mason this year as part...

Launch speech – The Stories of Bill Manhire
The Stories of Bill Manhire was launched at Unity Books recently. Damien Wilkins gave the launch speech below. Bill Manhire signs at the Unity Books launch (photo courtesy of Matt Bialostocki) Last...

4 Questions for Brent Kininmont
Brent Kininmont's debut collection of poetry Thuds Underneath is released this month. Ahead of a trip back to New Zealand from his home in Japan we asked him some questions about his book. Brent...

Six Questions for Bill Manhire
The Stories of Bill Manhire is published this week. The book collects previously published, uncollected and unpublished stories, as well as the choose-your-own-adventure novella The Brain of...

Bernadette Hall –– Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement, 2015.
Bernadette Hall kindly shared her acceptance speech given at the Grand Hall in Parliament last week for her Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. We would also like to congratulate Dame...

Interview: Patrick Evans
Patrick Evan's new novel The Back of His Head explores ideas about art and genius through the story of Raymond Lawrence, a true literary 'monster'.  Lawrence is New Zealand's only Nobel Prize...

Poetry and Song
We are very excited to announce that the latest collaboration between Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffin is now available to order from our website: SmallHoles in the Silence (VUP Rattle) is a gorgeous...

Moments of Truth Launched
  Moments of Truth: The New Zealand General Election of 2014, edited by Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine, was launched in a packed upstairs bar at the Backbencher on Tuesday 22 September 2015....

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