Drop by Drop: Poetry for Children Competition
A new nationwide competition for adults who write poetry for children has been launched in the lead-up to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day in August.
‘Drop by Drop’ runs between now and 4th August and will be judged by renowned children’s writer and poet, Bill Nagelkerke. Entry is free and is open to anyone in New Zealand aged 18 years and over. The prize for the winning poem is $50. Up to three poems can be submitted on the theme of ‘water’ – to be interpreted as widely and wildly as entrants like. Poems should be aimed at 5-12 year olds.
For further information visit the Poets XYZ Facebook Page or email email@example.com.
The winner will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday 25th August.
The competition is organised by the Poets XYZ, a trio of New Zealand children’s writers. Elena de Roo, Kathryn Dove, and Melinda Szymanik are keen to see poetry for children flourish in Aotearoa New Zealand and to develop a network of children’s poets.
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SLANZA is involved in two initiatives to support weather-impacted school libraries. Schools can benefit from both of these initiatives, not just one or the other.
The first is the Books Back Better project. Launched in March 2023 in response to Cyclone Gabrielle, Books Back Better is a fundraising effort between SLANZA, Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand, and Books Back Better to gather monetary donations that will be used to buy Booksellers Tokens. These book tokens will be distributed to Aotearoa school libraries that have been affected by the cyclone, and who fit project criteria via an application process.
National Library is working closely with SLANZA and the Books Back Better project to coordinate communications and offers of support for school libraries.
Thank you to all those who have already donated to this cause. Donations will still be accepted until 3 July 2023 at http://www.slanza.org.nz/donate.html
If you know of weather-impacted school libraries, please encourage them to apply for the Books Back Better funding. The application form can be found on our SLANZA website.
The second initiative SLANZA is associated with is supporting the work being done by National Library to implement the government funding. Please read National Library’s communication on this:
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We are incredibly excited and proud to let you know that Alan Dingley will be the next Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador for children and young people.
Alan is a passionate School Librarian at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School and SLANZA member. You may have watched his presentation, This Quiz is Lit, at the SLANZA Whakaohooho Online Conference 2021 or heard him as the voice behind SLANZA Sessions Podcast.
Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador supports and champions the importance of reading in the lives of young New Zealanders, their whānau and communities, increasing visibility and awareness of reading across all sectors, helping to create a nation of readers. Alan will bring impressive experience, skills, and knowledge to the kaupapa of creating readers:
“I am so humbled to be chosen as the next Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador and follow the wonderful mahi and impact Ben has made. It’s a brilliant opportunity and to have been selected is just such an amazing feeling.
Our sincere congratulations to Alan for being selected for this prestigious role. We know he will be a fabulous advocate for promoting reading, School Librarians, and libraries.
“I believe my strength will be reading engagement, on-the-ground work with children and young people, and building and strengthening community connections.”
Register events now and unleash the power of poetry across Aotearoa on 25 August
National Poetry Day is scheduled for 25 August 2023, and as its administrators open registrations for events and seed-funding, they are inviting organisers across the motu to join in to unleash the uplifting power of poetry.
Robin McDonnell, CEO of Poetry Day sponsor Phantom Billstickers, says that when company founder Jim Wilson witnessed the healing power of poetry in the early 2000s, he started putting poems on posters to share with others. “It was balm and a joy for him then and still is now, and we’d like to think that it can help the nation heal as we recover from more than three very tough years. Never has poetry been so important for so many reasons,” he says.
Aotearoa’s much-loved one-day nationwide celebration of poetry – now in its 26th year – is gearing up for its biggest and most joyous range of events yet, and is encouraging regional organisers to think about all the ways that poets and poetry can soothe, delight and rejuvenate as they plan their 25 August activities.
In 2022, in the first in-person Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day in three years, more than 150 events were staged across the motu, bringing together established and emerging poets, young writers and voices, and poetry enthusiasts of all ages. They celebrated on beaches and street corners, in old churches, pubs, libraries, universities, museums, hospitals, bookshops, bowling alleys and even in national parks.
NPD’s national coordinator Erica Stretton encourages organisers to register early to access seed-funding, promotional materials, guidance, and to be included in the heavily promoted official calendar of NPD 2023 events.
Interested organisers will find registration documents, templates and a full range of useful planning and promotional resources on the NPD website at www.poetryday.co.nz.
Applications for seed funding close at 5pm on 1 June 2023. The official Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2023 calendar will be announced on 2 August.
For further information contact NPD national coordinator Erica Stretton at firstname.lastname@example.org and to keep up with plans for NPD 2023, follow NZPoetryDay on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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National Poetry Day was established in 1997 with a mandate to celebrate discovery, diversity, community and pushing boundaries. It is a one-day nationwide poetry event extravaganza held annually on a Friday in late August.
Phantom Billstickers has been assisting New Zealanders to express themselves since 1982. From the very beginning they’ve supported home-grown talent alongside their commercial campaign work, actively promoting New Zealand music, art, poetry and culture through a network that now numbers 6500 framed street posters countrywide.
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust Te Ohu Tiaki i Te Rau Hiringa was established as a charitable trust in 2014 to govern and manage the country’s two major literary awards – The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – as well as Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, and to ensure their longevity and credibility.
The Books Back Better fundraising initiative is being launched today to help the recovery of school libraries affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
A group of local Hawkes Bay authors, school librarians and booksellers, led by Mary-anne Scott, have teamed up with SLANZA (School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) and Booksellers Aotearoa NZ to create the Books Back Better project.
Books Back Better is a project to collect monetary donations from our wider communities around the motu to buy Booksellers Tokens and distribute these to kura/schools, Kohanga Reo and Kindergartens affected by the recent cyclone Gabrielle in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Mary-anne Scott, Hawkes Bay author, is leading the Books Back Better group. “A well-stocked, library should be the beating heart of any learning environment for our tamariki. Books Back Better aims to restock flooded school libraries after Gabrielle. Monies raised will provide book tokens so the affected libraries can be filled with books best-suited for their readers.”
Our SLANZA National Executive had been discussing ideas about how we best to support school libraries around the motu that had been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle when Mary-anne phoned me with a desire to support affected school libraries, so it was a no-brainer that we do all we could to get behind a locally driven project”, says Sasha Eastwood, school librarian at Manchester Street School and current President of SLANZA. “The tokens will give schools agency to purchase their own books with their community needs in mind. We hope these books will give comfort to akonga/students as school communities work through recovering from the devastating damage of recent events.”
Booksellers Aotearoa were also approached by Mary-anne and were keen to be involved. “The devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle has had impacts throughout New Zealand’s book-loving community, including several of our members.” says Dan Slevin, Booksellers Aotearoa CEO. “By channeling these generous donations through discounted Booksellers Tokens, our association can make a contribution to those schools, kohanga and kindies that have to rebuild their collections, and also support our members operating in affected communities in Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay.”
People can donate via the SLANZA website. Donations will be used to purchase Booksellers Tokens which will be distributed to kura/schools, kindergartens or Kōhanga Reo in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by Cyclone Gabrielle and who fit the project criteria via an application process. These tokens will enable the affected kura/schools to purchase new books from local booksellers to replace those damaged. Booksellers Aotearoa are supplying the tokens at a 20 percent discount off face value.
Join us today by donating to Books Back Better.
Check out our 2023 School Libraries Transform wall planner. Once again thanks goes to the amazing Paul Beavis who has produced this beautiful resource, and to our business members in supporting this project.
This is a double sided calendar / wall planner with one side showcasing important dates in 2023.
It can be printed in A3 or A4. Download it by clicking on the image.
A group of Manawatu School Librarians realised there was nothing for their special brand of people in the podcast world so decided to create their own! After a few delays and lots of learning new skills we are proud to announce that the first episode of SLANZA Sessions will air Wednesday 4th January 2023!
New episodes will be broadcasted ‘live’ fortnightly on Wednesdays at 10.30am. All episodes are recorded and can be listened to via the Manawatū People’s Radio website or found on your favourite podcasting platform (including Apple and Spotify).
Find out more here http://www.slanza.org.nz/slanza-sessions-podcast.html
We would love to hear from you so feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Send us some feedback, ideas, and book reviews etc
Kristin School is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school on Auckland’s North Shore. It provides education for more than 1800 students from Early Learning to Year 13, with dual pathways through NCEA and the International Baccalaureate programme. It has been operating for 49 years and was founded by parents who wanted an independent education for its children on the North Shore after St Anne’s closed in Takapuna in 1972. Originating in Campbell’s Bay, the School shifted to its current premises in Albany in 1978 and has grown significantly over this time to the impressive school it is today.
Kristin is seeking an archivist to maintain a robust archival system to honour and preserve the school’s heritage. Reporting to the Community Relations & Marketing Manager, this role is responsible for managing the school’s rich archival collection - working to implement existing systems and maintain materials that future-proof Kristin’s archives and make the School’s history available for the community to engage with and enjoy.
This role will initially be fixed term for 12 months, focussing initially on supporting the events leading up to the School’s 50th Jubilee Celebrations, however, may be extended further.
A varied and experienced panel of judges with a shared belief in the importance and power of books and reading in the lives of young New Zealanders has been appointed to judge entries in the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Associate professor in children’s literature at the University of Waikato Nicola Daly will convene the English language panel. She will be joined by Ōtepoti bookseller Daniel Buchanan, Kirikiriroa-based writer Feana Tu‘akoi, Wānaka school and public librarian Maia Bennett (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), and award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Paul from Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
The panel judging the Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for books written or translated into te reo Māori for 2023 will be convened by Ruki Tobin, the Kaihautū | Director Ratonga Māori at Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, National Library of New Zealand. Joining him this year is kaitiaki pukapuka Mihi Te Rina Henare from Tāmaki Makaurau, and Rotorua-based kaiako and translator Te Wairere Ngaia.
There are only five days left before the 2023 NZCYA awards’ first submission deadline of 13 December, for books published between 1 April 2022 and 30 November 2022. More details about how to enter can be found on our website.
The New Zealand Book Awards Trust Te Ohu Tiaki i Te Rau Hiringa is now inviting submissions for the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. These annual awards recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers published in Aotearoa. Titles with release dates between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023 will be considered for the 2023 awards.
There are two submission dates. Publishers are asked to observe the guidelines for sending entries in two tranches, which are in place for ease of sending to judges. Submissions are now open for books published between 1 April 2022 and 30 November 2022, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 13 December 2022. For books published between 1 December 2022 and 31 March 2023, submissions open on 14 December and will close at 5pm on Friday 10 February 2023.
For books in the second tranche, page proofs will be accepted where books are not yet printed. In such cases, finished books must arrive with the Awards Administrator, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Attn: Joy Sellen, 72 Te Wharepōuri Street, Wellington 6023, by 5pm on Friday 10 March 2023.
All entries must be submitted online at www.nzbookawards.nz and fees paid by credit card via the online submission form.
A Call for Entries pack with eligibility criteria and other information is available at http://www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealand-book-awards-for-children-and-young-adults/how-to-enter/. Eligibility criteria and conditions of entry are reviewed each year, so even publishers who enter books annually are encouraged to read the pack carefully before completing the online form.
The judges of the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced in the coming weeks, and their shortlist will be made public on 1 June 2023. The awards ceremony is planned for Thursday 10 August 2023 in Wellington.
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust Te Ohu Tiaki i Te Rau Hiringa, and supported by Creative New Zealand, HELL Pizza, the Wright Family Foundation, LIANZA, Wellington City Council, the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (NZSA), and Nielsen BookData.
Any queries about the Awards should be directed to the Awards Administrator at email@example.com.
New Zealand Book Awards Trust
Te Ohu Tiaki i Te Rau Hiringa
Tel: 021 481044