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NZ and Oz; mutual awareness?

April 23, 2012

Margaret Mahy once observed that “New Zealand writers have a following in Australia, though the awareness that New Zealanders and Australians have of one another’s books is unexpectedly limited. Readers in both countries tend to look most eagerly to the United States or the United Kingdom for their literary connections….” (np)

I think that’s still true… Why is that?! What resources are there for bridging that distance?

Ref: Mahy, Margaret. “Country Survey: Finding Your Reflection in a Small Mirror: A Developing Children’s Literature in New Zealand.” Bookbird 37.1 (1999): 50-56. Rpt. in Children’s Literature Review. Ed. Dana Ferguson. Vol. 155. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resource Center. Web. 26 Apr. 2011.

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