For all you writers, take a punt, help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
ITEM: Manuscript critique from HarperCollins editor Phoebe Morgan
DETAILS: I will give editorial feedback on your fiction synopsis and opening chapters (up to 10,000 words), plus advice on getting published. Open to fiction, any genre other than sci-fi.
BIO: I am a commercial fiction editor at Avon, a division of HarperCollins. Avon publishes, amongst others, number one bestsellers C. L. Taylor, Katerina Diamond, Angela Clarke and Fiona Gibson, and was shortlisted for imprint of the year in 2017. I work mainly on crime and thriller books and women’s fiction but am happy to look at other genres too. Twitter: @Phoebe_A_Morgan
WHO CAN BID: Worldwide.
Written by a New Zealander who has made a home in the UK, and totally understood by an English person who has made a home in New Zealand.
I’m going to Aotearoa/New Zealand in two weeks today. For about the past three months I’ve mostly been daunted by the prospect, and very occasionally excited about it. But this morning, while running, it occurred to me that I don’t have to be EITHER fearful OR fearless. I could be both. Or neither. I could be fearful and fearless, quite possibly at the same time.
I’m daunted partly to do with the schedule – not that it’s so very different to my usual work schedule at home, but there is quite a lot of extra travel AND also about 60-70 old friends and family to fit in the in-between work bits. In my 28 days (exactly) away from home I have:
- 4 x 12 hour international flights
- 5 x smaller internal NZ flights
- about 12 hours driving time
- three writing workshops for a range of abilities/interests
- three Fun Palaces workshops
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Congratulations, Kath Beattie! You rock!
Time to announce the winners
of the 2017
Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) poetry competition
The 2017 competition winners have all been notified, and I’ve emailed everyone, who provided me with an email address, to let them know the results are out. Many thanks to: Otago University Press, the art dept, and Otago University Bookshop for providing monetary prizes and book vouchers for our 2017 competition.
The winning poems will appear in the winter edition of the Poems in the Waiting Room poetry card. I intend spending some time going through all submissions and selecting any which might be suitable for a future PitWR edition. I’ll be in touch with those poets before the end of the month.
Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Your support will help Poems in the Waiting Room continue to provide free seasonal poetry cards to medical waiting rooms, rest homes…
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On the 16th March, Laim McIlvanney and I attended the opening of the above exhibition at the Reed Gallery at the Dunedin Public Library, and the accompanying talk by Victoria University student Margie Michael, currently completing a PhD on New Zealand crime fiction, looking particularly at the use of place, placelessness and beyond.
Michael took us on a journey through time and politics in the company of some of our finest, and lesser known, crime writers.
Afterwards we took a look at the Exhibits; New Zealand crime books displayed in glass specimen cases, everything from The Mystery of a Hansom Cab first published in 1886 to Twister, published in 2015.
From old-fashioned ‘penny dreadfuls’ through sophisticated ‘whodunnits’ to modern psychological thrillers, the art-work alone is worth a view. Obviously, Dame Ngaio Marsh features and fans of Marsh will recognise the inspiration for the exhibition title.
The gallery have included any writer who was born in New Zealand as well as those who grew up or spent a substantial period of their life here. With a strong emphasis on contemporary writers the Gallery hopes to draw more readers into what they call the fascinating world of crime and detective fiction.
Click here for links to the books on display.
A clever summary of Twister by Margot Kinberg.
Welcome to the last of these four special editions of In The Spotlight. One of the real delights in reading books in competition for the Ngaio Marsh Awards is that many of them give the reader a very interesting look at life in modern New Zealand. Let’s focus on such a book today, and turn the spotlight on Jane Woodham’s Twister.
As the novel begins, a nasty ‘flu virus has been going the rounds of Dunedin, and taking its toll on everyone, including the police force. So, the local police are spread thin. Then, the weather turns against the city. Five days of rain soak things, followed by an unexpected twister. There’s considerable damage, and the already-decimated police force have even more on their hands. They’re hoping very much that things will calm down enough so that the city can be cleaned up and damage repaired. But…
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Hello, All, Welcome to another special edition of In The Spotlight. For many people, New Zealand just wouldn’t be New Zealand without rugby. And plenty of Kiwis are true fans of the game. So it’s only natural that there’d be at least one rugby-themed book among this year’s finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for […]
Margot Kingberg takes a look at the dark goings on in a 50’s Auckland brothel Another great book from the Ngaio Marsh Awards, 2016
Hello, All, Welcome to another special edition of In The Spotlight. As we continue our exploration of this year’s four finalists for the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel, let’s take a close look at Jen Shieff’s historical novel, The Gentlemen’s Club. Let’s turn the spotlight on 1950s Auckland. Rita Saunders is a […]
A thoughtful review by Margot Kinberg of Ray Berard’s Inside The Black Horse.
Welcome to the first of four special editions of In The Spotlight. I got requests from a few folks to say a bit more about the finalists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel, so I decided to do just that. Starting today and going on for the next three weeks, I’ll put the spotlight on each of the four finalists, so that you can learn (I hope!) a little more about them. Let’s begin with this year’s winner, Ray Berard’s Inside the Black Horse.
The Black Horse Bar and Casino is a pub that also offers off-course betting services (Incidentally, Berard was a supervisor for off-course betting outlets for the New Zealand government). Located in a rural town on New Zealand’s North Island, The Black Horse is owned by Toni Bourke, a recently widowed Māori who’s trying to do the best she can…
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Following on from last week’s WORD festival in Christchurch, members of Dunedin’s crime-writing fraternity shared a curry last night with the very entertaining and knowledgeable Scott Pack. Toured the peninsula today. Not a penguin to be seen, but some very nice cake!