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Christchurch Word Festival – Events of Note

The Christchurch Word Festival is on August 25-29 this year.

Our attention has been drawn to two specfic items on the programme:

Speed Date a Speculative Fiction Author“, featuring Graci Kim, Cassie Hart, Sascha Stronach, and Karen Healey

The Stardust Cabaret“, including Sascha Stronach and AJ Fitzwater, with “star-stuff infused performances”

A huge shout-out to AJ Fitzwater for passing the information on to us. Not to mention being a guest curator for the event.

Book Launch Event – Cassie Hart

In the last post we asked for more events, and look what turned up from Cassie Hart (thanks Cassie!)

Something sinister lurks in the Benedict homestead. Jena’s life changed almost twenty years ago. The night her family burned. The night the birds came. Jena is about to learn there are some family secrets that come back to haunt you.

Join author Cassie Hart (Kāi Tahu) for the launch of Butcherbird, a supernatural thriller set on a farm in Taranaki.

Launch: 5:30 pm, Friday 13 August
Level 2, 18 Brougham Street, New Plymouth

The event is free (hosted by Cassie & Huia Publishers)- you can RSVP on Facebook.

Library Interview with Lee Murray

Wellington City Libraries have written about their interview with award-winning NZ author Lee Murray. The online interview will debut on the 25th of July at 7.30 pm. You can read about the interview and other stuff about Lee on their Library Blog article. There is lots of good stuff there including info about other awards Lee is up for that we haven’t featured in our Awardwatch segment.

We feature Lee a lot on this blog. There is a simple reason for that- Lee has been doing so much great work. However we are sure she would be the first to agree with us that we want to celebrate all New Zealand’s talented voices and their own great work. So if you have anything to share with us, please drop us a line at sffanz.news@gmail.com. We don’t post about product (book) releases but anything else like launch events, readings, press articles etc are all good as long as there is a local connection and it is somehow sf/f/h related.

Buy a plate made by Neil Gaiman

The following came in from the Gallery Manager of The Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei. Some of you might be interested…

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Fantasy fans! You have the opportunity to own an artwork by Neil Gaiman AND supporting an amazing art centre in Northland!

Neil has created two beautiful pieces of artwork for The Great Plate ’21 – a fundraiser for The Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei. What an amazing quality of author to help us out.

Each year artists decorate ceramic plates which are auctioned through TradeMe, and this year we asked Neil, as he is living in NZ. The results were two plates – one ‘The Moon’, by Neil, and ‘Upside Down Gingerbread Man’ by 5 year old son Ash with Neil’s help.

Both pieces are genuine, with Neil’s signature on the back. You can bid on this plate via TradeMe from Thursday 29th July – Search “Great Plate – Neil”.

All proceeds go back into running the Quarry Arts Centre, in particular, funding our children’s art programs so they are accessible to more people.

Read more here: https://quarryarts.org/great-plate/

Awardwatch – 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards

The Ngaio Marsh Awards are the New Zealand crime fiction award. Under normal circumstances we wouldn’t post their awards info, but have a look at the 2021 long list. Look at that first entry – The Stone Weta, by Octavia Cade (Paper Road Press). That very same work is on the Sir Julius Vogel Awards ballot.

Congratulations – Way to cross genres Octavia.

Awardwatch : Aurealis Awards

The 2020 Aurealis Awards were announced July 8 by the Continuum Foundation. The award recognizes the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Every time the Aurealis and Ditmar award winners are announced we trawl through the winners looking for expat Kiwis making good over the Tasman. Sometimes we don’t see any as is the case in this year’s Aurealis awards (awarded this year for work published last year). But then looking through the writer bios we see this phrase “I am a New Zealand-based writer…”. So yes, Nikky Lee was born is Western Australia but we can claim her – right? Especially as her name appears on the winners list twice!

Congratulations to Nikky and all the winners.

2021 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement

CreativeNZ sent info about these awards to SFFANZ…

The annual Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement recognise New Zealand writers who have made a notable contribution to New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. New Zealanders are invited to submit a nomination.

We have been a little skeptical in the past when it comes to literary awards and how they treat our sf/f/h genre. Its hard to say exactly why, but this award feels a little different. Perhaps its worth nominating one of our high profile genre writers. It helps that it is free and you don’t have to join any group to nominate.

If you are interested in nominating somebody, there isn’t much time. All the dates, forms and email addresses are on the CreativeNZ site.

A quiz from galaxies far away

The Battle of the Galaxies quiz is part of the Wellington on a Plate festival. Its being held at the Foxglove Bar & Kitchen 33 Queens Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington on 3 & 4 August.

Here is the blurb…
It’s time for a showdown of galactic proportions…
In which universe does your loyalty lie, are you Team Spock or is Darth your daddy? Foxglove and Gee Quiz are proud to strike back in 2021 bringing you a quiz from galaxies far away, a showdown between Star Wars and Star Trek superfans.

Whet your whistle in Mos Eisely Cantina while the food replicator whips you up dishes from culinary worlds like Endor, Naboo, Vulcan and Remus. Have you ever tried Petrokian Sausage? All teams answer questions from both universes, including specialty bonus food and beverage rounds to test your knowledge of culinary delights that are out of this world. Every ticket includes 2 drinks, canape and shared table banquet dishes from all corners of the universe!

Book your six person team ($450) or book a single ticket ($75) and declare your loyalty and we’ll match you up with like-minded quizzers.

A couple of notes – we have delayed posting until Welly was out of level 2. Events like this would be cancelled at Level 2 Covid alert level or higher.

This item is part of the Wellington on a Plate festival. We couldn’t spot any other fan-specific items, but there is a lot of culinary activities likely to be of interest – keep an eye out for Chocolate and Beer related items.

Awardwatch : Australian Shadows Awards

A few weeks back we highlighted how many Kiwis there were on the shortlist for the Australian Shadows Awards. Well now, the Australasian Horror Writers Association have announced the winners and I’m sure none of you will be surprised to see that New Zealanders feature there as well. So, huge congratulations to Tabatha and Lee (and of course all the other winners as well).

Awardwatch : 2020 Bram Stoker Awards Winners

Back in February we posted about the Bram Stoker Awards ballot. We highlighted Lee Murray appearing twice on that ballot.

Well guess what?! The final results are out and Lee has won in both categories she was nominated (Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection and Superior Achievement in an Anthology). Congratulation Lee.

One Humanity Writing Collective

The following came into SFFANZ. It appears to be some sort of international collaborative writing project which includes New Zealand. A bit of quick checking seems to show that it is not a phishing scam. So if it is the sort of thing that may interest you, then go ahead and look at the web site. However, if you are interested we do strongly urge you to do your due diligence. Please make sure you clearly understand the underlying motivations of the organisation and be very clear who owns the rights to anything you contribute.

My name is Fabrice Guerrier, I am the founder of Syllble, a speculative fiction house for writers and creatives. Syllble is collaborating with The Innovation Station: Creative Industry Lab at the U.S Department of State on a program called the One Humanity Writing Collective. The program will convene fiction writers from Alaska, Hawai’i, and Puerto Rico with fiction writers from Australia and New Zealand to write stories together inspired by their shared experiences and ideas. The one-year program will ask these writers to jointly create stories based on monthly prompts related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and global challenges.

Syllble is accepting applicants to this program (in the locations listed above) on Syllble’s website here: https://syllble.com/onehumanity/. The website also contains information regarding the goals and timeline of the program that will be important for applicants. The deadline to apply is June 3, 2021, and successful applicants will be notified by mid-June prior to the collective’s first virtual meeting in July.

Klingalong: The Sci Fi and Fantasy Singalong

Klingalong: The Sci Fi and Fantasy Singalong may be this galaxy’s first-ever singalong event in fictional languages, and certainly the first one to be accompanied only by an accordion. Sing pop classics by Split Enz, Queen, Dolly Parton, Ginuwine, the Pixies, Lauryn Hill, and more, translated into Klingon (Star Trek), Quenya (Lord of the Rings), and Dothraki (Game of Thrones) by your host, singer / accordionist and Master of Linguistics Emma Wollum.

No previous knowledge of any of the fictional languages is required, but enthusiasm is encouraged! Shows are on 21 & 22 May – booking and pricing information on the NZ Intl Comedy Fest site.

Postscript…Emma says that if a good size group wants to go along together, she can organise a group discount. If that is you, drop us a line at the sffanz news address and we will put you in touch with her.

Walk of Wonders

Our intrepid reporter trawls through event listings looking for events that have some sort of SF/F/H connection that you may enjoy. This time she came across the sentence “This year wanderers will follow an 11 year old girl on her adventure into a parallel time and dimension.” – that sounds like science fiction – right? The sentence came from the listing for Walk of Wonders, Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North – why don’t you read the full listing. The event is in early August – you can also read its website.

The event is supposedly part of the Hawke’s Bay Light & Fire Festival. An event we cannot find a web site to link for you – just some mentions of a 2020 event. We can only find the Walks of Wonder event in 2021. Note that if this interests you, book quickly – some nights are already booked out.

Voting in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards

You may be wondering how you can vote in the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. If so, please read the following which has been adapted from an SFFANZ official press release …

Regrettably, this year there will be no national convention. This means that voting for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards will be carried out by electronic and postal voting only.

Voting is open to members of SFFANZ only. Membership to SFFANZ costs just $10 and this money supports the cost of running the SJV Awards and other associated expenses. Please note that this is an annual membership fee. If you joined in a previous year, you do need to renew your membership this year before voting.

You can join SFFANZ or renew your membership by contacting enquiries@sffanz.nz and requesting details of the bank account. A specialised membership form will be available soon, but in the meantime, please supply your full name and address in the email. This is needed to help us comply with our legal requirements to the Companies Office.

Voting will be held between May 1 and May 31. Once the voting paper is made available on our website www.sffanz.nz and through our social media channels (including this one), you can email your completed ballot to sjv-awards@sffanz.nz

If you are posting your ballot, please post it to PO BOX 13-574 Johnsonville, Wellington 6440 and ensure it reaches us by May 31.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony later in the year. Details of that ceremony will be announced in due course.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

The Auckland Arts Festival is coming up soon and the team here spotted that the Australasian Premiere of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is one of the events as a live concert and film event. The score for this famous film will be performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. It looks like the only performance will be on Sat 13th March – Covid levels permitting of course.

We did a trawl through the Arts Festival site for other SF/F/H related events. The only other ones that came came remotely close were Heavenly Bodies and probably closer to the mark Jack and the Beanstalk. Also a shout out to Che-Fu – not because his event is SF related (it isn’t) but because Che is a a geeky genre fan and we love him for it.

2021 Wright-Murray Residency Call for Applications

The Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers is once again seeking applications from New Zealand writers of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Now in its second year, the residency was co-founded by award-winning author Lee Murray and philanthropist Chloe Wright OBE. It offers the winning writer a week’s accommodation at a country estate in the Bay of Plenty, a stipend to cover expenses and mentorship to develop their writing project.

You can find more information on the SpecFicNZ site or go straight to the application form.

Nominations for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel awards open

Happy 2021 everybody!

Nominations for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on 31st March 2021. The SJV awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2020 calendar year. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!

To make a nomination please use the form on the SFFANZ Main site.

Rules, Criteria and Categories for the Awards are here.

The Guidelines for nominations are here.

The awards ceremony will be held later in the year, full details to be announced.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards – 2021 Eligible Works

Nominations for the 2021 SJV awards will open on January 1, 2021. These will recognise works created in the 2020 calendar year.

A google form has been created to allow creators/readers/viewers let us know about eligible works. While this is a google form at this stage, this will shortly go on to the SFFANZ website so that it can be viewed by those looking for potential works to nominate.

You can enter potential works in this form.

Jack and the Alien Invasion + Superhero music

Trawling through Auckland Live, we came upon a couple of genre adjacent events you may be interested in.

Jack and the Beanstalk – so we don’t really do panto here in Aotearoa and even if we did we shouldn’t do it in March – right? Yet this show certainly looks like panto. Which wouldn’t normally attract our attention but J&tBS is a fantasy right? But more importantly it features an actual alien invasion! So absolutely f/sf.

Superheroes – Live in Concert – This is music from major superhero movies played live on stage by the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Pretty much self explanatory. If you can wait until October you get music from a big range of both Marvel and DC films. (Although nothing from Image – here at SFFANZ News we continue to anticipate seeing Invincible on our screens.)

School Holiday Horror

We occasionally have to remind ourselves that we cover news for Science Fiction, Fantasy *AND* Horror. So, in that spirit and with the school holidays just over a week away, lets look at Spookers. It is a haunted house experience in Karaka, Auckland. They have a special offer running over the holidays.

While on the subject of holidays – have a look at Stardome. And yes, we know it is Science not Science Fiction – but it’s close enough…right?