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Congraulations to Bren MacDibble -a New Zealand author who has lived in Australia for two decades – for winning two categories with two different books in the same year at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
MacDibble’s How to Bee, which won the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, describes a dystopian future without bees where children perform the essential task of pollination. Judges said it was a tale to fire young readers with awareness and courage for the future.
They also heaped praise on In the Dark Spaces, written under the pseudonym Cally Black, which saw MacDibble claim the Copyright Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction. Judges said it was a high-concept science fiction novel and an impressive tale of world class calibre.
The President and Crew of Stella Nova invite all current and former members of Stella Nova and the SFMC (Science Fiction Modellers Club) to join us at Conclave III as we celebrate 25 Years of Online Presence **.
When: Saturday 31 March @ 9pm
Where: The Surrey Hotel (465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland)
Cover charge: $5.00 per person – free to members of Conclave III
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 26 March
Show off your memorabilia and regale us with your tall tales of escapades past!
** The earliest mention we could find was a reference to the club magazine (1983) in the National Library of New Zealand’s online catalogue. We challenge you to find an earlier mention of the SFMC or give us the date of that first meeting in Andromeda Cres!
The Sir Julius Vogel Award sub-committee is pleased to announce finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards
The awards will be presented at Conclave3, to be held over Easter weekend this year.
A full list of nominated works will be available on our website shortly.
Conclave 3 Writing Workshop
with Karen Miller & Steve Wheeler
There will be two rooms
Karen – upstairs – with an ‘Ask Anything’ workshop
Bring her questions on anything to do with writing – scenes you’re stuck on, characters that won’t behave, dialogue that doesn‘t flow, etc…..
Steve – downstairs – with ‘Set Topics’ including;
How to Write
How to Create the Perfect Pitch
Friday 30 March 10am-3pm
The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Bring laptop or pen and paper, any writing you want critiqued, and lunch
Registered Conclave 3 members – free
Non-Conclave 3 members – $30 18+, $20 under 18s
Register at email@example.com
Registration essential as places limited
Workshoppers expected to wander between both workshops
Made by a Palmerston North 14 year old and his friends, the series has taken a year of filming, endured braces on and off, different hairstyles, and growth spurts.
It’s an all-kid affair with adult involvement minimal and closely supervised. Special effects are old school, with 3D printed Tripods, material/cardboard green screens and clay feet.
Nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 2 February 2018. The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2017 calendar year.
We are using a web-based system for nominations this year to aid our administrative processes. Full information about the awards, including the rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.
Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination, go to http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvAwards.shtml and fill out the web-based nomination form.
Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.