Events In History
31 October 1985Keri Hulme wins Booker Prize
When Keri Hulme’s first novel, The bone people, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1985, it was not only New Zealand’s first Booker, but the first debut novel ever to win. Read more...
18 February 1982'Queen of Crime' Ngaio Marsh dies
Marsh, one of 'Queens of Crime' in the 1920s and 1930s, died just weeks after submitting her 32nd detective novel, Light thickens, to publishers. She was also an artist, playwright, actor and director. Read more...
3 March 1960Barry Crump publishes A good keen man
One of the most-read books in New Zealand publishing history, A good keen man established Barry Crump’s reputation as an iconic ‘Kiwi bloke’. Read more...
26 April 1945Death of John Mulgan
At the time of his suicide in Cairo, many New Zealanders knew little of the Christchurch-born author of Man alone Read more...
23 August 1939Writer Robin Hyde dies in London
The journalist, poet and novelist, born Iris Wilkinson, was one of New Zealand's finest inter-war writers. Troubled by depression, illness and poverty, she took her own life in London. Read more...
8 May 1926New Zealand Railways Magazine launched
Originally intended as a journal for the Railways Department’s 18,000 staff and their major customers, New Zealand Railways Magazine evolved into a hugely popular general-interest periodical. Read more...
9 January 1923Death of Katherine Mansfield
Internationally acclaimed author Katherine Mansfield revolutionised 20th-century English short-story writing. She died from tuberculosis in France, aged just 34. Read more...
9 May 1907First School Journal published
New Zealand pupils were for the first time able to read a schoolbook published in their own country. Read more...
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Historian and poet Keith Sinclair has argued that the 1950s was the decade 'when the New Zealand intellect and imagination came alive'
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Kiwis love books. To celebrate New Zealand Book Month, we have come up with 31 reasons to love New Zealand books and writing.
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A selection of stories about the history of Kiwi writing, writers and books – one for each day of NZ Book Month.
Wilkinson, Iris Guiver ('Robin Hyde')
Robin Hyde packed a lot into her short and often tragic life. Best known today for her novels Passport to hell, Nor the years condemn and The godwits fly, she was also a fine poet, a crusading journalist and an outspoken advocate for the downtrodden.Read more...
Marsh, Ngaio Edith
The magazine Newsweek described her novels as 'the best whodunits ever written'. Marsh was also an artist, playwright, actor and director.Read more...
Mulgan, John Alan Edward
A keen observer and commentator on European politics in the 1930s, Mulgan is perhaps best known as the author of Man alone (1939).Read more...
Katherine Mansfield wrote short stories, poetry, letters, journals and reviews, and is regarded as a central figure in British modernism.Read more...
Davey, Norris Frank
Frank Sargeson, born Norris Frank Davey in 1903, was one of New Zealand’s most celebrated writers of the 20th century.Read more...
- katherine mansfield
- frank sargeson
- historic places
- john mulgan
- robin hyde
- historical writing
- ngaio marsh
- barry crump
- school journal
- monte holcroft
- ruth france
- allen curnow
- denis glover
- james k baxter
- maori writing
- book month
- janet frame
- dan davin