New Zealand fiction writers have regularly captured international attention and readers, from Katherine Mansfield and Janet Frame to Keri Hulme and Lloyd Jones. Our crime novelists also have a strong following, beginning with Ngaio Marsh and more recently Paul Cleave (described by Libro Journal as ‘Ein geradezu furchterregendes Talent’) and Vanda Symon's strong and sexy female detective Sam Shephard.
New Zealand has a wealth of excellent non-fiction publishing, ranging from stunning artistic and commercial treatments of traditional culture and contemporary arts, through history, popular science and narrative non-fiction, to lavish lifestyle books that celebrate our unique culture.
New Zealand's many voices are heard in our poetry and we are looking forward to sharing the work of New Zealand poets in Germany. From Kate Camp, who has published four collections, and is currently enjoying a writer's residency in Berlin to Glen Colquhoun, Hinemoana Baker and Chris Price who will be participating in a poetry exchange with three German poets to mark the Transit of Venus.
Children’s writers such as Margaret Mahy, Lynley Dodd and Joy Cowley have brought the joy of books to children and helped create many adult readers worldwide. An exciting new generation of childrens and young adults writers are following in their footsteps, including Kyle Mewburn, with his quirky stories that appeal to young and old including the successful Old Huhu.