Things to See & Do – Visits and Competitions


Photo: Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Trilogy, will be in Wellington on June 28th, speaking at Scots College. Tickets are $5 - available through Paolini visiting Wellington June 28th

Teenage writer Christopher Paolini, whose dragon series – Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance – took the fantasy world by storm, will be speaking at an evening event in Wellington on Thursday, June 28th. Christopher will be happy to sign copies of his books after his talk and they will also be for sale at the event.

Venue: Scots College Hall, Monorgan Rd, Strathmore, Wellington
Time & Date: 6pm – 7.30pm, Thursday, June 28th, 2012  
Tickets are  $5 each and are now on sale only through The Children’s Bookshop.
Phone: 04 3873905 – email:

The Making of Mr Pip (the film) – a Bougainville Library Trust fundraising event

Director, screenwriter and producer, Andrew Adamson, (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) will discuss the making of the film Mr Pip with Lloyd Jones, author of the award-winning novel Mister Pip, and film producer Robin Scholes, in an event at the Paramount Cinema on Wednesday 20 June to raise money to build a community library in Bougainville.

The panel discussion will focus on adapting the novel to the film as well as discussing the film making process. For this event Andrew Adamson has prepared an exclusive 10 minute film package from the film Mr Pip. The film will be released next year with Hugh Laurie in the leading role of Mr Watts.

Paramount Cinema, WellingtonWednesday 20 June at 6pm. Tickets $40, includes a glass of wine.
Bookings: At the Paramount Cinema in person, online at or by phone 04 384 4080 (after 1pm).

Writing Competitions: Once Upon a Time: Grimm Fairy Tales for Aotearoa New Zealand

A short story competition from The Goethe Institute, The Listener, and the IIML. A fantastic premise with excellent prizes (a trip to Germany!). Your story must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, start with the words, ‘Once upon a time…’ and be a Brothers Grimm style fairytale for modern Aotearoa NZ. Entries close on July 1st. Check out their website for more details.

BNZ Literary Awards

For over half a century BNZ has been proud to support New Zealand’s preeminent Short Story writing competition, which was founded to acknowledge the work of Katherine Mansfield and celebrate New Zealand literature.

The BNZ Literary Awards are for both aspiring and established writers. For many of New Zealand’s famous writers, such as Frank Sargeson, Keri Hulme, Maurice Shadbolt, Charlotte Grimshaw and CK Stead, winning the main Award, the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award, was where it all started.

There are prizes for the main award category – $10,000 prize money, For unpublished writers – $1,500 prize money, and for writers who are at secondary school – $1,500 for the student and $2000 for the winner’s school, as well as a short story of a maximum of 150 words submitted via Facebook – $500 prize money.


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