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‘Blood Ties’ book launch & competition

Come along to the Canterbury University Press (CUP) book launch of Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963-2016, the latest collection by UC’s popular poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, photographed for his new book launch, Blood Ties, 17.1.17
Poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

This gripping and powerful collection spans Jeffrey’s writing career of more than 50 years.  Exploring the journey of a life in Aotearoa New Zealand, Blood Ties touches on universal human concerns: love, loss, grief and courage in the face of difficulties, in a language that is accessible to all.

Blood Ties has been designed and printed in collaboration with Ilam Press and will be launched by acclaimed author and UC Emeritus Professor Patrick Evans.

When: 5.30-7.00pm, Thursday 9 March
Where: University Bookshop, University Drive
RSVP: for catering purposes by Thursday 2 March to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz

Win a copy of Blood Ties (RRP $25)
To go in the draw to win a copy of Blood Ties, answer the following question:

Q: What was the title of Jeffrey’s previous collection of poetry, published by CUP in 2012? (Hint: find the answer here.)

Please email your answer to: universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Tuesday 7 March. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom on 10 March.

Book launch and competition ‘New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history’

Canterbury University Press is delighted to announce the publication of New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history by Catherine Knight. New Zealand’s Rivers tells the story of the relationship between New Zealanders and our rivers, explaining how we have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water is at a premium and many of our rivers are so polluted they are unswimmable. This is an important book for all New Zealanders.

Book launch – you’re invited
When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 6–7.30pm
Where: Scorpio Books, BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford St
Please join us; we would love to see you there.
RSVP for catering purposes to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz

Win a copy of New Zealand’s Rivers (RRP $49.99)
To go in the draw to win a copy of New Zealand’s Rivers, answer the following question:

Q: What river was the subject of Catherine Knight’s previous book? (Hint: find the answer here.)

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Tuesday 22 November. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom on 25 November.

CWEA history shortlisted for Bert Roth Award

The shortlist and winner of the 2016 Bert Roth Award for the best work on Labour History were announced at the AGM of the Labour History Project last week.

A Canterbury University Press title, The People’s University: A Centennial History of the Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association 1915–2015 by Ian Dougherty, was on the shortlist. The judges commented that it is ‘an impressively detailed history of the organisation that was set up in 1915 by a “loose coalition” of Christchurch academics, trade union leaders and Christian socialists to provide university-level education – at that time “too much the privilege of the few” – to working people’.

The prize was awarded to Melissa Williams for her book Pangaru in the City, Bridget Williams Books, 2015. Congratulations to Melissa, Ian and all the shortlisted authors.

Full details can be found at the LHP site.small CWEA

Flash fiction launch & chance to win

Hungarians cover

Book launch – you’re invited to the launch of a new work of flash fiction from prize-winning poet and short-fiction author Frankie McMillan, My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions,  published by Canterbury University Press. This work will be launched at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival.

Read on for a chance to win!

The collection explores family relationships and the experiences of Hungarian refugees in 1950s New Zealand. This visually stunning publication has been designed and printed in limited edition in collaboration with Ilam Press, Ilam School of Fine Arts, and has been published with the support of Creative New Zealand.


When: Friday 26 August, 6.00-7.30pm
Where: The Atrium, The Piano, 156 Armagh St
Please join us, we would love to see you there.  This launch is co-hosted by Victoria University Press who will be launching Dark Days at the Oxygen Cafe by James Norcliffe.

Win a copy of My Mother and the Hungarians
To go in the draw to win a copy of this book, answer the following question: ‘What was the title of Frankie’s poetry collection published by Canterbury University Press last year‘? (Take a closer look here)

Email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz. The first correct answer received will be the winner.

New book by Canterbury University Press: Murder on the Maungatapu

New Zealand’s crime of the nineteenth century is the subject of a new book published by Canterbury University Press.

In the winter of 1866 five bodies were recovered from Maungatapu Mountain in the upper South Island, and another from the West Coast. But who had done the killing and how many other victims were there? In Murder on the Maungatapu: A narrative history of the Burgess Gang and their greatest crime, Wayne Martin draws on a wealth of primary sources to tell the fascinating story of this dark episode in our country’s history. This is a true tale of blood and gold, of betrayal and vengeance.

Book launch – you’re invited
When: Thursday, 23 June, 6-7.30pm
Where: Scorpio Books, BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street.
Please join us, we would love to see you there. RSVP for catering purposes by 16 June to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz

Win a copy of Murder on the Maungatapu
To go in the draw to win a copy of this book, answer the following question: Who described Joseph Sullivan’s confession as “without its peer in the literature of murder”?

Email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz. The first correct answer received will be the winner.

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Murder on the Maungatapu: A narrative history of the Burgess Gang and their greatest crime by Wayne Martin, published by Canterbury University Press, June 2016, RRP $45, ISBN 978-1-927145-74-6