Friday, April 12, 2019

Latest from The Bookseller

W H Smith Travel
W H Smith plans to cull its backlist and build areas of growth such as children's and lighter readers with a "forensic store by store focus on space management to optimise the returns from core categories".
Helena Morrisey
Dame Helena Morrissey challenged trade leaders over key aspects of their diversity strategies, as the Publishers Association's new president Peter Phillips laid out his aims for the year.
David Cameron
HarperCollins insists it will publish David Cameron's memoir this autumn as planned, amid reports the former prime minister is pushing back publication due to a promise he made to Theresa May.
High Street
A record number of shops closed in Britain last year with 16 stores closing a day, but bookshops are bucking the trend. 
Jeanette Winterson
The "boomerang" nature of time was discussed at the Vintage for Change evening, along with teen revolution and the sensibilities of sexbots, as Jeanette Winterson and six other authors considered the “turbulent times” of present day.
Cambridge University Press has entered into a three-year transformative agreement with the University of California (UC), in what is said to be UC's first such partnership with a major publisher.

Bertelsmann plans to close its Nuremberg printing site by April 2021, and has begun immediate talks with employee representatives, with around 670 permanent staffers and 250 contract workers affected.
Grazia has run its last dedicated books page, 'Shelf Life', under books editor Alexandra Heminsley, after a redesign.
Jasmine Richards
Jasmine Richards, formerly a publisher at Oxford University Press (OUP), has launched a fiction development company to create inclusive stories for children.
Katie Price
The Roald Dahl Story Company has hired Katie Price, currently director of licensing at Hachette Children’s Group, as its new head of books.
Gavin Thurston
Seven Dials has scooped the “extraordinary” memoir of veteran "Our Planet" and "Blue Planet 2" filmmaker Gavin Thurston, with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough.

Headline Home has snapped-up a cookbook by chef and YouTuber Ian Haste at auction, featuring recipes based on weekly shopping lists.

The 7 Day Basket

New series by NZ writer Ged Maybury

Once described as “our county's leading writer in this field”*, Christchurch sci-fi writer Ged Maybury effectively disappeared after 15 years and 12 successful children's books – two of which made the finals of the NZ Children's Book of the Year Awards (1994, 2001).

Now he is back with his most ambitious project to date: a six-book / 800,000-word Steampunk series set upon a bizarre “alt-Earth” where Britain is a vast mat of hovering “skylands”, America is still a British colony, and steamships have more in common with flying saucers than anything else.

Drawing upon a long apprenticeship of producing well-polished best-sellers for Scholastic, Harper Collins and Cape Catley, he now turns up the steam (and the adult content) on a multitude of delightfully detailed fantasy/steampunk settings riddled with mad scientists, villains, dangerous and/or attractive antagonists and a sad series of intense (sometimes steamy) love affairs.

'Across the Stonewind Sky' is the series title and each book advances our straight-laced British hero deeper into various kinds of steaming do-do the moment he flies into a curious zone called The Storm's Domain – where airships rule, and Britain doesn't. It's the Victorian era writ large, but it's not just a man's world. Rodney is constantly thrown into the company of a series of competent purposeful women, some of them … how to say this: 'are on the villain spectrum'. Maybury has already earned praise for his female characters.


The first two books; 'Across the Stonewind Sky'** & 'Into the Heart of Varste' are now available at:

As an re-introductory offer, he has priced Book One at $0.00. Book Two at the normal price of $2.99. Book Three: “Hoverrim the Hunted” is due out in early June. A digital edition only.

Books 4, 5 & 6 should all be out by the end of 2019 with a second series planned.


* “He is our county's leading writer in this field, and with 'The Triggerstone' he's at his best”

     – William Taylor, cira 1994.

** Originally released 2014 as “Into the Storm's Domain” by now-defunct Satalyte Books. Print-edition paperbacks can still be found. Already a rare book.


Thursday, April 11, 2019



PO Box 36652, Northcote, Auckland, 0748

Press Release 5 April 2019

Renowned Professor to judge $1000 poetry prize
International Writers' Workshop NZ Inc (IWW) is delighted to announce that

Professor Bryan Walpert, who teaches English and Creative Writing at Massey

University in Auckland and was a co-judge of the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book

Awards Poetry Award, will judge The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems

later this year.

The prize of $1000, which is made possible due to an ongoing bequest from the

Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust, is for a cycle or sequence of unpublished poems

that has a common link or theme.

This is the eleventh year IWW has had the honour of organising the Prize.

Previous winners are Heather Bauchop (2018), Janet Newman (2017), Michael

Giacon (2016) Maris O’Rourke (2015), Julie Ryan (2014), Belinda Diepenheim

(2013), James Norcliffe (2012), Jillian Sullivan (2011) Janet Charman and Rosetta

Allan (joint winners 2010) and Alice Hooton (2009).

The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems is sometimes referred to as the

'Little Grattan' as the Jocelyn Grattan Charitable Trust also funds the biennial

Kathleen Grattan Award, run by Landfall / Otago University Press.

The competition is free for IWW members to enter but it is very easy for aspiring

poets and writers to join IWW to be eligible to enter their poetry into the Prize.

About the Judge

Professor Walpert is the author of three

collections of poetry, Etymology (Cinnamon

Press), A History of Glass (Stephen F. Austin

State UP), and most recently Native Bird

(Makaro Press); a collection of short fiction,

Ephraim’s Eyes; and two scholarly books: Poetry

and Mindfulness: Interruption to a Journey

(Palgrave 2017) and Resistance to Science in

Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge 2011).

His work has appeared in many countries and

has been recognised by the Montreal

International Poetry Award, the New Zealand

International Poetry Competition and the James

Wright Poetry Award (U.S.).

His website is

Preparatory Workshop

Professor Walpert will conduct a workshop on Writing Poetry Sequences at IWW’s

meeting venue, the Lindisfarne Room under St Aidans Church, 97 Onewa Road,

Northcote, Auckland on Tuesday 21 May. Doors open at 10 am and the workshop

runs from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

While the competition is restricted to IWW members, visitors are welcome to attend

the workshop for a $10 visitor fee. Any visitor who attends the workshop and joins

IWW by the third Tuesday in June will be eligible to enter The Kathleen Grattan

Prize for a Sequence of Poems and will have the visitor fee deducted from their

joining fee.

About the Competition and about IWW

The rules for the competition, details of how to join IWW, meeting times and other

activities of the workshop, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the

month from February to November and runs several competitions a year, are

available from the IWW website:

Key Dates for The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems in 2019

21 May: Workshop with Professor Bryan Walpert on writing poetry sequences.

18 June: Last day for new members to join IWW to be eligible to enter this year’s


1 October: Closing date for entries.

19 November: Announcement of the 2019 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for

a Sequence of Poems.


For further information about the Prize or about IWW in general, contact Sue

Courtney, email or check out our website