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Seven prison facilities throughout the country use Book Discussion Scheme resources to run book groups for male and female prisoners. Read more about the one at Tongariro Prison here

 Volunteers - both new and 'golden' 

We'd like to acknowledge two volunteers:

Phyll Wallace joins us on Monday mornings , to help cover new books to the scheme. She shares her memory of oranges and books here.


Pat Norton has clocked up an amazing 20 years of volunteering with BDS. Most of us have probably handled a book that she has covered for the scheme. Read about her superb contribition here.



Christchurch - new group forming. Join in!  


Prue contacted us to say she is keen to start a book club based in the central city area. So far they have interested women from Merivale, St Martins and the CBD. They plan to meet on the first Tuesday of each month. Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for further details.


 ESOL book group, Christchurch - chance to converse and read in English  

Scarlett invites immigrants to be part of a new book group she is forming. It will probably meet weekly, on a Saturday or Monday or Friday, during the day. Scarlett has worked in cafes in NZ and is a reasonably confident English speaker. She is originally from China. Anyone who would like to improve their reading and conversational English is welcome to get in touch with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for further information.

 Other opportunities 

Information about other opportunitites to join or form a group can be found at


 BDS Book Night highlights 

The tally for Book Night 2017 was 2,222 registered readers. We had a 'smashing' array of 45 events around the country on Tuesday 23 May. Thanks schools, libraries, City of Literature, book groups and other organisations and individuals for your superb efforts to make the event such a success.

You can check out our News page to read about what readers and towns (and canines!) got up to on Book Night. 

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 Literary Events 



HAWKES BAY: Readers and Writers Festival, 26 September to 8 October. "...The brightest and best writers, poets, bloggers, journalists, innovators and artists [get] together with audiences to debate issues, to open up worlds and to share the stories". See

CHRISTCHURCH: Book Chat Tues 26 Sept 6 pm at South Library features well-known children's book illustrator Gavin Bishop, talking about his art and latest "idiosycratic NZ history book" Aotearoa. 

MANAWATU: Inaugural writers festival in Feilding and Palmerston North. See

For other literary and book festivals, see the latest BDS newsletter.


 Literary news  

 Too true! 

"Encouraging reading, particularly reading for pleasure, is critical to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of our nation’s prosperity.” Read more from the NZ Book Council and its latest research here.


Podcasts of featured writers from the Auckland Writers Festival 2017 can be heard here. 

  Aotearoa Reads - NZ Book Council's pick of Kiwi authors 

For lively written, audio and video content on Kiwi books and writers, see Enjoy the latest reviews, commentary, interviews and book recommendations on the web, handpicked by the NZ Book Council team.

 Children & Young Adults 

Winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards For Children And Young Adults announced here.
For reviews of the latest books for children and young adults on the Book Council website see here.

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