LexiCon now open for registrations!

lexi spiralIt’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.

“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie. | Read More...

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Spec fic book club in Upper Hutt

From Writer’s Plot Readers Read, a NZ bookshop in Upper Hutt:

Introducing Mark Brewer Sunday, February 28th from 2pm to 3.30pm Mark is a New Zealander living in the Hutt Valley, Science fiction author of the Regan’s Reach series. He enjoys exploring story lines and seeing where it all ends up. Reagan’s Reach (Book 1) Orbital Envy (Book 2) Confluence Point (Book 3) Avarice (Book 4) Meet the author_Mark Brewer Meet the Author events held at Writers Plot Readers Read bookshop (opposite the Upper Hutt railway station, 2/893 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Bookshop specializing in NZ authors. These events are free – koha/donation for refreshments. Follow up on Facebook or www.writersplotreadersread.nz
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NZ Book Week and NZ Bookshop Day coming up!

The first New Zealand Book Week (26 October-1 November) and New Zealand Bookshop Day (31 October) are coming up!

There are heaps of (mostly free!) events planned all around the country (see links above) by Kiwi authors and indie bookshops. It’s a great time to pop into your local bookshop, post pics of your favourite NZ books, tell everyone about your favourite Kiwi authors, and generally celebrate the vibrant culture of books and reading we have here in Aotearoa. You can even create an event of your own! | Read More...

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Get in touch with us NOW so we can promote and sell your books at the Independent Book Festival!

SpecFicNZ has taken a stall at this year’s Independent Book Festival, and we want to use it to sell and promote your books – but we need to hear from you asap!

The Festival will take place at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, on Saturday 3 October, 12-4pm, and Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm.

In order to make our stall happen, we need volunteers to help set up the stall beforehand, staff it during the festival period, and clean up afterwards. A couple of hours or a whole day – whatever you can spare would be very much appreciated. Don’t feel you have to have books to sell to help out; this would be a great chance to learn about the indie publishing world for anyone thinking about trying it out. To volunteer, please contact Mary Brock Jones (maryjoj53@gmail.com) or Darian Smith (darian-adrienne@ihug.co.nz) as soon as possible. | Read More...

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We want to sell your books at the Independent Book Festival

SpecFicNZ has taken a stall at this year’s Independent Book Festival, and we want to use it to sell and promote your books! The Festival will take place at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, on Saturday 3 October, 12-4pm, and Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm. In order to make our stall happen, we need volunteers to help set up the stall beforehand, staff it during the festival period, and clean up afterwards. A couple of hours or a whole day – whatever you can spare would be very much appreciated…. | Read More...

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SJV Awards Celebration in Christchurch

On Saturday afternoon, the Christchurch writing and reading community gathered for an event, jointly hosted by SpecFicNZ and Fendalton Library, to celebrate our Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists and winners.

Beautiful Display set up by graphic designer Peter Fitzpatrick
Beautiful display set up by graphic designer Peter Fitzpatrick greeted guests on their way in
Beaulah greets our guests
Beaulah opens the event with a warm welcome on behalf of SpecFicNZ and Christchurch City Libraries

The room was full, the catering was delicious, and energy was high as we settled into the proceedings for the afternoon. After a brief introduction, we launched into a lovely keynote speech by Helen Lowe about the importance of awards – more so now than ever, given the drop in support from major institutions over the last year. | Read More...

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Invitation to Sir Julius Vogel Event, Saturday 13 June

A very special event in Christchurch will be held on June 13th to celebrate winners and finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. For those interested, it will be held at the Fendalton Library, 1:30pm onwards. For details please see the invitation below, and RSVP by June 5th. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered by SFFANZ: http://sffanz.org.nz ; this event is organised by SpecFicNZ members and is not a SFFANZ event….

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October events in Christchurch

We have a couple of workshop events going on in Christchurch which may be of interest. Brought to you by the Christchurch Community Art Council & the Christchurch Writers’ Guild, Beaulah Pragg, Jenner Lichtwark and Angela Oliver present a Show & Tell workshop! This is a hands on, writing workshop where you get to play with pretty pictures, dastardly description and all the things that make writing fun. The event is on October 18th (Saturday) at 2pm, held at the Upper Riccarton Library. | Read More...

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Christchurch Writers Festival 27-31 August

The Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, WORD, is back! This year it’s taking place from 27 to 31 August.

Here are some sessions that Cantabrian SpecFiccers might find particularly interesting:

Supernaturally – Elizabeth Knox and Laini Taylor in conversation with our very own Helen Lowe
Capes and Tights: Superhero Comics – Damon Young, Karen Healey, Jonathan King and Dylan Horrocks
The Changeover: 30 Years On – Revisiting Margaret Mahy’s YA classic with Knox and Healey
Creating Worlds: YA Readings
The Wandering Mind – what do our brains do when we’re not looking? | Read More...

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Help get Dan Rabarts to Continuum X

SpecFicNZ member Dan Rabarts, this year’s winner of two Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one for Best New Talent and one for Best Collected Work (with Lee Murray, for Baby Teeth: Bite-sized Tales of Terror), is now the recipient of the 2014 FFANZ fan fund. This means he will be travelling to Melbourne in June to represent the New Zealand fan and writing community at Continuum X, Australia’s 53rd National Science Fiction Convention.

He is looking forward to his role as ambassador to the Australian crowd for everything that is the New Zealand fan and writing scene. He will spend four days mingling with writers, fans, gamers, publishers, and everyone in between, spreading word of all the great things that are going on in New Zealand and sharing the love with our creative Aussie counterparts. | Read More...

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Writers’ workshops at the Children’s Bookshop (Wellington)

The Children’s Bookshop has announced its Sunday Seminar calendar for 2014. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in taking part in any of these events, get in quick!

Elizabeth Knox – Writing Seminar (only 9 places left as at 1 May!)
July 13th 11am – 1pm at The Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza Wellington.
$25 each – limited to 20/25 attendees. Bookings essential. Morning tea provided.
to book email John on books@thechildrensbookshop.co.nz

Dave Armstrong – Scriptwriting Seminar
June 15th 11am – 1pm at The Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza Wellington.
$25 each – limited to 20/25 attendees. Bookings essential. Morning tea provided.
to book email John on books@thechildrensbookshop.co.nz | Read More...

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