Wellington Access Radio FM 106.1 have been playing short stories from The Writers Plot books on Hutt Zone with John MacDonald – and we have them here for you to listen to. The books can be purchased from our online shop.
Patrick Allan’s short story “Forbidden Fruit” from ‘C’est La Vie’ along with poems from David Smith and Dennis Glover.
A short tender story from Cyndi Miller ‘Without Maree’ from the Love Wounds compilation of short stories. Read by John MacDonald.
A short fictional tale from Patrick Allan ‘One Slipped Through’ from the C’est la Vie collection, read by John MacDonald for Hutt Zone.
A couple of short quirky stories by Cyndi Miller, read by John MacDonald for Hutt Zone.
Cat Connor’s short story ‘Melt my heart to stone’ – a story from the Byte series read by John MacDonald
In need of a little romance? Here’s John MacDonald’s reading of Caro Lankow’s short story ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’.
This year is unusual and for those of us who like to go to the parades and events, this year we got to do it from the safety of our own property. Throughout the country, people put poppies in windows, on letterboxes and keeping apart, we came together to maintain the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel.
It is also a time to reflect on the emotional and physical costs of war, some of the books in our selection do that as they are written by those affected. A poem by Dennis Hogan from ‘Billy-can Ballads’ (1962, Unity Writers) called ‘Driftwood’ also makes us stop and think again about the aftermath.
ANZAC themed reads can be purchased from our online shop.
Earth day celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on Wednesday 22 April, and we have several books that are about our environment. With the global pandemic Earth Day was very much an online event but still managed to connect with people around the world digitally.
How is everyone in their bubble this Easter? We hope you are all staying safe, and staying at home at this time. With the fine weather, it’s wonderful to sit outside and read, or get some exercise but stay local. We are still taking online orders through our website, but will not be able to post them to you until we come out of Level-4 and the NZ Post shops open again. As the daily numbers lower, it looks as if containment of Covid-19 is working and we anticipate some relaxation in the current restrictions as we move to Level-3, but we are still waiting to hear what that entails. Meanwhile – Kia Kaha – stay home and let us know how your reading is going.
Through facebook we have found NZ author/publisher shares for their e-books and video readings Just because we can’t send out physical books of these books, that shouldn’t stop you from reading these wonderful stories.
Four weeks can feel like a long time if you don’t have anything planned. For those of you who enjoy a challenge or are just looking for a bit of structure we have a reading challenge for you – based on four books per week.
There are five challenges (one for each week) and three separate sheets for children, see how many you can get through before our lock down is finished. If people don’t stay at home and keep safe, we could be in lock down for much longer. If that happens (and we hope it won’t) then we will add more challenges for you.
Or you might decide to do your own reading challenges. We would love to hear how you went by commenting on the blog or our facebook page.
A book in your ‘too read’ pile for over a year
A book in a genre you wouldn’t normally read
A book that’ll make you cry
A book with a one word title
For children – we have a Challenge sheet to print or download for fun reading challenges – see the another 2 at the bottom of this page.
For our enforced confinement due to Covid-19 and New Zealand being on Alert level 4 lock down, David has kindly send some fun poems for everyone to read. These will be alternated during the weeks but all five are available to download below.
A smile has the power to by David Smith
If your smile is not a smirk, It is something you can put to work, Even on those who shirk.
If your smile is genuine, In no way canine, The result will be fine.
If your smile is not crooked, Others will become hooked, And a positive outcome booked.
If your smile comes from peace of mind, It will be taken as kind, And you won’t be fined.
If your smile is given freely, It will not seem silly, Even to the tipsy.
If your smile is given as a gift, It is sure to give others a lift, Though their mind may be adrift.
Summer holidays, it’s hectic one minute getting ready for Christmas, then it’s quiet with nothing much on the next, unless you are someone who is organised and has a lot of things planned. Let’s face it, we do plan to do it, and then , well, the days just run away and there you are – back at work.
For you – we want to give you and excuse to relax and take time out for yourself , to recharge those batteries ready for the rest of the year.
And for those parents at home with the ‘I’m bored’ crowd, we are referring to children and teens, we want to give you something to challenge them. You can turn it into a competition – who does this first, add your own rules or do reading challenge as a family.
A couple of reading challenges for you Download and print
We encourage reading and literacy of all types, and maybe you could have another challenge for the most books read that come from our shop.
Why reading? The benefits of reading are well known – and include Mental stimulation Stress reduction Knowledge Vocabulary expansion Memory improvement Improved focus and concentration Prevents depression
We would like to hear your summer reading challenge stories – let us know how you are getting on and what books you read that were from our bookshop. Not sure of what books we have – check our online store.
The entrants have been announced and as usual there is a full line up of new novels and this year a new award for non-fiction.
We are thrilled to see so many of our authors going in for this and we wish them well.
There are 58 entrants for the Best Novel section and you can see some of them in the shop along with so previous years finalists and winners. Link through to the books here.
With Queens birthday weekend looking like it’s going to have terrible weather, why not grab a book and find out which of these books is your favourite. And keep up-to-date with what is happening with these awards by following the Ngaio Marsh Awards Facebook page
Believe it or not another two years have flown by and the Franklin Writers group is once again holding its biennial short story competition. This time there are a couple of important changes. First the competition is for a 300 word Flash Fiction story, closing on June 30th 2019. Second, the award ceremony will be held at the ‘Words Will Work’ South Auckland writers festival to be held at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa on Saturday 27th July 2019.