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Stories for For Adult Readers
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Inspiration: Artwork by Owen Dippie Ballerina twirling past me dressed in a beautiful blue. Two girls invite me to play their game of hide and seek. A spri ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Cleo Hopkinson

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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There was the hand to hold and he held it. Beau’s hand, big, bold, Beau’s hand and he felt happy and proud and self-conscious and amazed all at once. They ...More

Drama, Fiction
Scott Menzies

8 min read

I ate my brother. I was always fond of him, looked up to him. He was older than me. I measured myself against him. We stood back to back. At first I ...More

Fiction
Helen Heath

2 min read

John paused and turned away from his screen to glance at the steaming cup of coffee. Something felt a little off but he couldn’t place his fing ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Steven Moe

18 min read

Eve is busy setting the long thin tables – fork knife fork knife fork knife – and doesn’t see him approach. “Do you want some help?” She thi ...More

Fiction
Rachael King

12 min read

Google maps you take me though the underpass fast on my bike in the night my lights flash on the shapes of down and outs the louts, layabouts who shout obscenit ...More

Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Melanie Dixon

1 min read

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A gripping new novel from one of our leading writers. A compulsive and chilling novel about subjugation, survival and the meaning of family. “Up ...More

Fiction
Carl Nixon

32 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that January when I arrived in Dunedin. I stood in front of the dirty shallow porch of my flat and it wasn ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

11 min read

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  A landmark anthology of creative work – poetry, fiction and essays – by emerging Asian New Zealand writers. This landmark collection of ...More

Non Fiction
Paula Morris

24 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes   The afternoon sun has made Alice sleepy. She follows White Rabbit down a different dark, mossy hole ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Alice Li

2 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

The baby’s finally asleep. The father is home from work. I haven’t been alone in days. This is it…. “She’s asleep”…”I’m just o ...More

Drama, Non Fiction
Jennifer Rankin

1 min read

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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac Feathers rising high above the clouds Powerful wāhine warrior, our guardian Watching and waiting Protecting Christchurch, ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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  The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Maori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin—the moko, is worn only by Maori women. So ...More

Mystery & Crime
Catherine Lea

13 min read

Published by Brakelight Press
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Kua whakamāorihia tā Paulo Coelho pukapuka whakaaweawe, e kaha nei hoki te hokona puta noa i te ao, ā, koinei te pukapuka nui katoa te whakaw ...More

Action & Adventure, Translation
Paulo Coelho

7 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke   Dragons fly easy High streams of sibylline light Lazy loops of gold Cerul ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

‘How’s Alex?’ Hope said. She and Molly were sitting in a café by the river in early spring drinking tea from the same pot. Molly sighed, l ...More

Fiction
Pip Adam

19 min read

It was a glimpse into Paradise. The sun caught the old town first, its jumble of faded pastels glowing like the gilded ceilings of the Vatican – yellow, pin ...More

Fiction
Mandy Hager

22 min read

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  Jeanette Fitzsimons was a visionary, a pioneer and a radical. This is the story of someone who battles National and Labour’s lock on parliam ...More

Biography & Memoir
Gareth Hughes

15 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa ...More

History, Non Fiction
Anne Salmond

5 min read

Published by Auckland University Press

It’s morning. I know this because the clock says 7.23 and a finger of light is trying to pull back the curtains. My room faces east. So that makes ...More

Fiction
Rachael King

22 min read

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Inspiration: “Elephants” by Owen Dippie     A family, part of a herd, strong, steady and constant. My first visit to Christchurch, ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Jean-Paul Leung

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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  He whakamāoritanga i te pukapuka o Puripāha nā Witi Ihimaera mō ētahi whānau hoariri e rua ki Te Tairāwhiti. Ko Puripāha te tapanga ...More

Fiction, Maori & Pasifika, Translation
Witi Ihimaera

8 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Inspiration: Artwork by D Side     Cluck, cluck, cluck, A pirate digging. Dig, dig, dig, Deeper in the sand. Brr, brr, The tree leaves swish ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Richard “Pops” Baker   Don’t hang me on the wall of your lounge Freeze frame frozen in time I need undil ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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  In New Zealand’s Martinborough, an ex-wine maker is murdered. The precise planning and execution by the unknown assailant begins a series of vile ...More

Mystery & Crime, Psychological Thriller
Published by Squabbling Sparrows Press
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  He kohinga whakaaro, he kohinga wheako hoki mō te waiata me te haka nā tētahi tokānuku kua aua atu e tū ana i taua ao. Ko Tā Tīmoti Kāretu t ...More

Non Fiction, Translation
Published by Auckland University Press
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  This is a story of doubt. It is a story of people who left little trace. . . . There are no writings to pore over; no monuments to gaze at; n ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Jennifer Ashton

20 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  “Whenever I think of coming to punish my father, it’s always in a strong wind, and that’s blowing now as I drive up the long, unsea ...More

Contemporary Fiction
Owen Marshall

6 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke     Rarer than gold Water shading, light dancing, greased lightning. Shimmering, ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac     Ōtautahi I am the guard  Keeper of the land protector of my children Teacher of my students I am ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Katelyn Gee

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Sitting on the small brick fence outside the night shelter, watching the early morning commuters. Thinking about the dream he had last night. He wa ...More

Fiction
Karen Clarke

4 min read

Being the middle child of five girls and three boys in 1940’s and 50’s in my native Ireland, I never had the chance to actually own a bicy ...More

Action & Adventure, Biography & Memoir, History, Non Fiction
Catherine Byrne

4 min read

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  Tim Saunders writes about his life and work on the farm that’s been in his family for five generations. He encompasses drought, farming ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Tim Saunders

31 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink   Silver fences keep me from the touch of tourists. I am kissed by cameras, spoken around, as though I have not ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Meché Phillips

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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On the first night, Grace dreamed of country music. Traditional troubadours like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson. She woke up with the twang ...More

Drama, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Jenna Heller

20 min read

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  Comedian Chris Parker brings his brilliant comic wit to the page. Star of stand-up, winner of Celebrity Treasure Island and lockdown Instagram sensatio ...More

Biography & Memoir, Humor & Comedy
Chris Parker

9 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  Nā J.K. Rowling ~ Nā Leon Heketū Blake  i whakamāori  Ko tētahi o ngā tino kōrero mā ngā tamariki ā mohoa nei, ko tā J.K. Rowli ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Translation
J. K. Rowling

33 min read

Published by Auckland University Press

  Extract from Mazarine published by Penguin Random House   Twelve I hadn’t expected Sophie Greenaway to be at work in the middle of ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Charlotte Grimshaw

22 min read

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Inspiration: The Hector Dive by Telmo and Miel     Take me with you, Dolphin, let me Clasp tightly Onto your jagged fin Breath through ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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With its face to the black and ass to the blue, orbital scaffolding repurposed for the next generation ship, the Gilman was a thing of impossible ugly ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction
AJ Fitzwater

16 min read

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  Could Harry Styles be the perfect man for Jo’s daughter Bayley? Surely he would be, if Jo could only wrangle a meeting. When Jo coerces her sis ...More

Romantic Comedy
Published by Pink Van Publishing
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Eddy Smallbone (orphan) is grappling with identity, love, loss, and religion. It’s two years since he blew up his school life and the earthquakes fell ...More

Literary Fiction
Kate De Goldi

22 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin

Con walks down the streets of Newtown from Berhampore, past the damp, narrow houses, tipped into the wind, cold rain spitting into his face. There ...More

Drama
Julie Hill

14 min read

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Inspiration: Artwork by Tepid and Wisk     A continuous loop repeating itself. A couple seconds closer to your birthday. A few seconds closer to de ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Amor Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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  No excuses presentation Dave Letele’s incredible life has taken him from footy to failure, crime to community, fat to fit and riches to rags — ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction
Dave Letele

16 min read

Published by Penguin Random House

“I”m pregnant again”.    I was measuring flour into the sieve and gently banging it against the heel of my hand.  He was hunched over the ...More

Biography & Memoir, Food
Sile Mannion

4 min read

One by one he turns the pages of the book. The paper rustles against his dry fingers and I swallow in anticipation. He reads the words and his face cra ...More

Psychological Thriller
Marie Muhl

5 min read

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Chapter 1 Anna looped bubble-wrap around her father’s favorite sculpture: a peacock made entirely out of mirrors. The only upside of moving out of the ...More

Fiction
Amy Blythe

29 min read