PANZ News 30 September 2015
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  • Dorothy Butler leaves a void in children’s literature
  • Educational Publisher S&L Publishing
  • Dame Wendy Pye an APEC Icon in Manila
  • Bequest will fund Yale Publishing Course scholarships
  • Tracy Strudley NEXT Woman of the Year nominee
  • US rights for Into the River sold
  • Plus: Copyright news from IPA; Wellington Local Publishing Forum wound up; Latest jobs

Vale Dorothy Butler 

Graham Beattie, PANZ Life Member, remembers a major force in NZ Children’s Literature 

Dorothy Butler was an energetic and irrepressible crusader for books and language who was recognised internationally as an authority on children’s books and reading.
She was the founder of the wonderful children’s bookshop that still bears her name, the author of several significant adult books including Cushla & Her Books, Babies Need Books, Five to Eight and There was a Time as well as more than 20 children’s books including My Brown Bear Barney.
She was the recipient of the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Margaret Mahy Award, the Children’s Literature Association Award, and many other honours both within New Zealand and around the world. In 1993 she was awarded an OBE for her services to children’s literature and reading.
I remember her saying back in 1999 at the publication of her autobiographical title, There Was a Time, which I had the honour to launch, “I absolutely believe in stories and language from the moment babies open their eyes”.
An endlessly energetic person, Dorothy had eight children with her late husband Roy and in addition to founding and running her bookshop she also set up a Reading Centre for children with reading difficulties, worked as a consulting editor, was a frequent lecturer on children’s literature as well as conducting writing courses and of course writing books herself. All this while being a devoted grandmother to 20 plus grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her influence in children’s book world was enormous. And believe me that is a significant understatement. I was but one of many booksellers and publishers who was hugely influenced by her.
Rest in peace Dorothy, I shall never forget you old friend.

Writing, language skills focus of new Kiwi education publisher


Our authors - via educational publishers - have practically taught the world to read. Now Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey of newly established S & L Publishing are teaching children the skills of writing to communicate clearly. Their first publication is The Writing Book, which is a book full of practical advice, strategies and support material for writers. Sheena and Louise see it as a useful resource for both teachers and students. 

Currently the two women work from their home offices and are developing a new book titled The Oral Language Book. But with current sales of over 24,500 of The Writing Book plus their busy schedule of seminars for teachers, locally and in Australia and Asia over the next year involving much travel, establishing business premises is on hold for now.
The move to publishing has been a learning curve, but they have already chalked up a major success with The Writing Book.
Sheena Cameron is an experienced teacher who has taught here, the UK and the United States. She has taught at primary, intermediate and tertiary levels. Sheena currently facilitates literacy workshops both in New Zealand and internationally. Prior to establishing the new business, she is the author of The Reading Activity Handbook, The Display and Publishing Handbook and Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies, all published by Pearson.
Louise Dempsey is an experienced teacher, consultant and trainer who has worked in both New Zealand and the UK. In her 15 years experience as a trainer she has presented to audiences ranging from whole school teams, to Principal groups and school management teams. She has developed specialised knowledge in the areas of literacy and effective teaching and learning. Louise has created a range of writing projects for New Zealand and English publishers and the UK’s Department of Education and written sections of the Access English Series and Rigby Navigator teaching guides.
Both Sheena and Louise are committed to spending time in schools, working with teachers and students to ensure the material they develop is relevant and useful. Read the full story here.

Pictured above L-R: Louise Dempsey and Sheena Cameron

New Zealand publisher ‘an APEC woman icon’

Dame Wendy Pye was one of 16 women icons from APEC countries when she represented New Zealand at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Women and the Economy 2015 Fora in Manila in mid-September.

“The meeting was very interesting,” said Dame Wendy. “It was attended by leading Information Computer and Technology people from all over Asia and America. Taking part in the conference on ICT were women from many start ups and companies who were selling apps and digital content, not in publishing but other fields.
“There were interesting seminars also on crowd funding and also the future of digital technology,” she told PANZ News.
“The ICONs from other countries were wonderful women who had achieved great success in their own countries. Representatives from Russia, China and Canada were to me the most outstanding women.
“A great event and a celebration for all women achievers,” said Dame Wendy.
Delegates attended the twin launch of Iconograph and Luxe Philippines exhibits at the Philippine International Convention Center. Iconograph highlighted the stories of the 16 extraordinary women economic leaders from APEC economies. 

Pictured above: Dame Wendy Pye next to her 4 foot x 8 foot visual

Industry veterans fund Yale Publishing Scholarship for Kiwis

In a touching bequest from former publishing identities Margaret and Ted Forde, an annual scholarship from 2016-2019 will enable New Zealand publishers to further their careers by attending the annual Yale Publishing course.
Woodhurst E Forde (Ted) and his wife, Margaret came to New Zealand from Glasgow where they had both worked at William Collins & Sons. Ted was in charge of publishing in the Bible Department and Margaret was secretary to Ian Collins, the Vice-Chairman of the company. They decided they wanted a change and contacted the New Zealand branch of the company. On their arrival in the late 1950s Ted was employed by the company to produce non-fiction books and Margaret was secretary to the Managing Director.
When Ted retired, Margaret did too, but they continued to publish for William Collins on a freelance basis. After Ted’s death, Margaret continued editing and proof-reading for David Bateman Ltd, the publishers in Auckland. On her death in 2014, she left a legacy to fund the scholarship. With a value of NZ $13,000 per annum the W.E and M.L Forde Publishing Scholarship is available to one publisher per year for the next 3 years to attend the Yale Book Publishing course held in mid-July on the Yale University Campus.
Sam Elworthy attended the course when he was based in the US. “I’d been in publishing more than a decade when I did the Yale Publishing Course and I learned a whole lot—from outstanding Yale Business School lecturers; from major figures, young and old, from US publishing who were the presenters; and from other participants in the course. You live in, you talk publishing 24/7, you gain a bigger vision,” he says.
David Bateman’s Associate Publisher Tracey Borgfeldt attended the Yale course earlier this year and says she would highly recommend the programme for anyone in middle or senior levels in publishing, across all areas including finance, editorial, marketing or sales.
“The valuable aspect of the YPC is the calibre of the participants. There were around 68 on this course, the majority overseas, with maybe 25 to 30 from the US. There was a lot of sharing of information and contact details and I would feel comfortable contacting them, or the speakers, in the future. If the person attending was wanting to extend their international network, this is the place to do it,” Tracey believes.  Read Tracey's full report from Yale here.
Applications are open now to PANZ members and they close on 30th October. To download a copy of the application form go to the PANZ website.
Any queries contact

PANZ Councillor Tracy Strudley a finalist in NEXT Woman of the Year

Global Education’s Sales and Marketing Director and PANZ Councillor, Tracy Strudley is a finalist in the Education category of the NEXT Woman of the Year Awards 2015.
She is one of 30 women shortlisted across the categories of Arts & Culture; Sport; Business & Innovation; Health & Science; Education; and Community.

Tracy says her philosophy is that all children around the world have the right to become lifelong readers. “This is why I am passionate about delivering exceptional products that help switch them on to reading. Knowing that my nomination will help shine a light on literacy and reading makes me feel proud.”
For the past nine years she has been the Sales and Marketing Director of Global Education, a leading educational resource publishing company which she co-founded with literacy educator and author, Jill Eggleton.
Global Education exports children’s literacy material to more than 30 countries with Key Links literacy a major brand for the company. Their Connectors series, distributed by Scholastic UK, has just become their most successful reading programme.
Earlier this year the company launched Bud-e Digital in conjunction with edtech studio Custard Square. This range of pioneering digital and print products are available in retail stores here and in Australia, Asia and North America.
Tracy Strudley is profiled along with the other finalists in the October issue of NEXT magazine. The category winners and overall NEXT Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards event in Auckland on 8 October.

US rights for Into the River sold

Publisher’s Weekly reports that North American rights for Ted Dawe's Into the River, have been acquired by Jason Pinter at Polis Books.

Pinter acquired North American rights to Into the River, as well as Dawe's earlier novel Thunder Road (the sequel to Into the River), directly from Random House New Zealand. Polis is aiming to publish Into the River, in both hardcover and e-book, in June 2016.

Polis Books website describes them as ‘an independent book publisher founded in 2013 aiming to deliver all the service and professionalism of a major trade publishing house with the innovation and speed necessary to thrive in a rapidly-changing book market’.

Penguin Random House New Zealand Publishing Director Debra Millar said the company was delighted Ted’s works would reach a wider audience in the US. “Polis is a proactive independent publisher and will be a great home for Ted’s works.” The rights sale come about directly as a result of international media coverage of the Interim Restriction Order imposed by the President of the NZ Film & Literature Review Board. The board is meeting this Friday to consider an appeal by Family First against the decision of the Classification Office in August to remove an R14 rating on Into the River imposed by the board in 2013.

September 27 through October 3rd is officially banned book week.  Read the Publishing Perspectives discussion on it here

In Brief:

A strong voice in support of copyright

The International Publishers Association (IPA) endorses a new book about the importance of copyright in a world where the Pirate Party and rich internet giants seek to undermine and bypass it. 
Richard Malka is Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer. He is a fearless advocate in France for freedom of expression and the ‘right to blasphemy’. His new book, Taking for free is stealing, argues that the current attacks on copyright are misguided and dangerous.
‘Richard Malka’s book is passionate, urgent and polemic — a report from the front line of the battle over copyright,’ said IPA Secretary General, José Borghino. 
‘This book is a call to action for those of us who believe in the simple idea that authors and publishers should be fairly remunerated for their work. Copyright is the great enabler behind our flourishing creative industries and Richard Malka argues convincingly that it should be strengthened,’ said President of the Federation of European Publishers, Pierre Dutilleul.

Check out the latest news from IPA here.

Local Publishers Forum: Wellington branch winds up 

The Wellington branch of the Local Publishers Forum (LPF) has been wound up after several years of inactivity. The residual funds of around $1000 have been divided between three charities: Kaibosh Food Rescue, Karunai Illam, an orphanage in South India, and Further Arts, which promotes indigenous art and culture in Vanuatu. All correspondence to Kia ora e hoa ma.

Jobs in publishing

Check out the PANZ website for the latest jobs in publishing. Fancy a change of scenery?  The IPA is looking for a Director of Communications and Programmes based in Geneva, Switzerland.  Check out the full details here.
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