#NZbooks — how to start a better story
Peter King

Agree with most of what you say, Peter. But one thing missing from both the Book Council report and your response is something that was prompted by our recent participation in the Heidelberg autumn lit fest. Apart from us (there as reps from another UNESCO City of Lit — Dunedin) nearly all other participants were German writers. The discussion about why only 3% of fiction bought in New Zealand is by home-grown authors should take into account that, too often, at NZ writers and readers festivals and associated tours, local writers are the supporting act to overseas touring names. Germans are self confident in their own literary culture. New Zealand is still too much of a literary cultural colony.

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