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Chinese censors refuse publication of NZ union leader Helen Kelly’s story

She is one of the most beloved socialist figures in New Zealand. Chinese printers said: 'We will cancel this title.'

Surprise! Airini Beautrais has won the Acorn, and other big news from the Ockham book awards

Our books and poetry editors react to the biggest night in the New Zealand literary calendar.

Drop everything, there’s a new poem by Hera Lindsay Bird

Video | Introducing the new and improved Do Not Go Gentle.

Towards Compostela is a book that will walk with you

Chloe Blades reviews a travel memoir about a pilgrimage, and invites us to share in her own.

Deprogramme yourself: Author Marilynne Robinson on seeing beauty in everything

Ahead of her appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival, the much-loved Gilead author talks to Sam Brooks.

The Friday Poem: Race Riot, by Tusiata Avia

A poem from Tusiata Avia's Ockham-shortlisted collection The Savage Coloniser Book.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 7

Golden books to curl up with in autumn.

If it doesn’t sell, you’re screwed

Behind the scenes of a bestseller.

A romance writer on the Bridgerton books – and why the show is even better

The surprising metamorphosis of a 20 year-old romance series.

The Unity Books children’s bestseller chart for the month of April

What got the kids through the autumn school hols?

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending April 30

What you were buying two weeks out from the book awards.

The Friday Poem: One Hit Is Not Enough, by Hinemoana Baker

A poem from Hinemoana Baker's Ockham-shortlisted collection Funkhaus.

Companion planting: the art and history of gardening

Two wildly different books about gardens.

Locked down and far from home with Man Alone

A review of John Mulgan's classic novel.

Poetry season: a bracing walk on the black sand, with Allen Curnow

Think of this as a music video for a poem.

‘Take it up a step’: Helen Clark talks climate change action with Sophie Handford

The former prime minister interview meets the former coordinator of School Strike 4 Climate.

Perhaps we should’ve stayed: a poem-essay hybrid

Lessons in self-care, capitalism and who not to hook up with.

The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending April 23

What you added to the to-read pile this week.

The Friday Poem: Maggie Cheung’s blue cheongsam, by Nina Mingya Powles

A poem from Nina Mingya Powles' Ockham-shortlisted collection Magnolia 木蘭.

The Australian Poem: Uncovered, by Omar Sakr

Australia Week: A poem by Sydney poet Omar Sakr. To mark the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble, The Spinoff is casting an eye across the ditch all week – read our …

Poetry season: Introducing a series of original poems on film

Poetry set to film, on West Coast beaches.

The Friday Poem: And before that we were stars, by Mohamed Hassan

A poem from Mohamed Hassan's Ockham-shortlisted collection National Anthem.