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Author nominated for award: Lockdown Living author Laura Bruce up for New Zealand comedy award

Laura Bruce nominated for comedy award
Author Laura Bruce (pictured, without mask) is up for a NZ Comedy Guild newcomer award

Christchurch author Laura Bruce has been nominated for a comedy award. She is nominated for ‘South Island Newcomer’ in the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards 2020.

An aspiring Christchurch stand-up comedian who used her time in lockdown to write a book to help others has just been shortlisted for a New Zealand comedy award.

Laura Bruce has been nominated in the ‘South Island Newcomer’category for the 2020 New Zealand Comedy Guild awards. 

In March, Bruce was South Island Runner-Up in New Zealand’s biggest comedy competition,the Raw Comedy Quest.

Canadian export to New Zealand seized performing opportunities

Bruce is an ex-pat Canadian who emigrated to New Zealand in 2019. She has seized the opportunity in Christchurch to perform up to five times each week during the past year. “Having previously lived in a nearly “comedy-free” community in the north of Scotland, it’s a privilege to now live somewhere rich with opportunities to perform. That has really enabled me to develop as a stand-up.”

From businesswoman and columnist to aspiring stand-up

A late-comer to comedy, Laura spent more than two decades in corporate communications in Canada, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. An accomplished businesswoman, she wrote a regular column on business communications for Scottish magazine Executive. In 2016 she was named “Shining Star” by the Highland Business Women for her contributions to business and her community. These included mentoring other businesswomen. 

#CoronaCoffee: Daily Facebook Lives to keep spirits up

Since the pandemic emerged, Bruce has hosted a ‘Facebook Live’ broadcast every day since New Zealand went into lockdown March 26. Dubbed #CoronaCoffee, she has continuedthe broadcasts after lockdown ended in NZ, as a means to help friends and family around the world.

“We have been incredibly fortunate here in New Zealand to escape the worst of the pandemic. I really feel for people living elsewhere who are having to repeatedly isolate to avoid contagion.

“I decided to write ‘Lockdown Living’ in March, when I discovered two close friends in distant parts of the world were each very distressed at the prospect of being stuck at home in lockdown. The book is filled with ideas to help you keep positive while also using the time to develop some new talents – including stand-up comedy!” 

5-star reviews and heartfelt praise

“I’ve had wonderful feedback from readers around the world. Between the book, which offers practical tips to help you stay positive, and my daily #coronacoffee broadcasts, I hope my efforts have lightened the burden people are feeling as a consequence of the pandemic.”

Laura’s book, “Lockdown Living: 101 Ways to Stay Positive During the Pandemic” was published in April and is available in both paperback and e-book format from Amazon, and Apple books. Bruce is donating dollar from the sale of each book goes to women’s shelters in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Comedy Guild will announce this year’s winners in a ceremony December 8thin Auckland.

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Lockdown Living featured on podcast!

Lockdown Living has been featured in a podcast!

I was delighted that the Lockdown Living book has been featured on a podcast. In early May, I was hosted on the U.S.-based podcast, the “Book More Show” with Stuart Bell. Wow, there were some terrific ideas generated in our discussion! Many thanks to Stuart for hosting me, and for his great insights!

Among the highlights:

From ‘zero to book’ in less than four weeks!

We spoke about how the book came about in fewer than 30 days! In the space of about three weeks, I got the idea for the book, brainstormed the content and then developed an outline. Finally I wrote the book, and then delivered it to the world with the help of 90 Minute Books. They did all the complicated technical stuff — including the formatting and layout, and getting the book onto the Amazon and Kindle platforms. Their designer Glen also developed the cover design.

This was a great experience of me focussing on the parts of the process where my unique skills could come to the fore. I enjoyed having someone else to do all the things I don’t know how to do or don’t want to do.

Ways the book can have a life after the pandemic.

Chatting with Stuart reminded me that I have a 40,000-word draft of a book about PR and marketing. It’s sitting on the shelf. Knowing what I know now, I can get that book out into the world. There, it can start helping the owners of bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Creating an audiobook version of Lockdown Living.

Stuart suggested that I create an audiobook. He said it would be a valuable asset to the suite of Lockdown Living iterations. The book is currently in paperback, Kindle, and Apple Book. I am working on that now. Stay tuned for news of the audiobook version of Lockdown Living!

...And lots, lots more!

Click here to have a listen: https://www.90minutebooks.com/podcast/102

Read all about the episode from Stuart Bell here:

New Podcast with Laura Bruce, author of Lockdown Living: https://www.90minutebooks.com/podcast/102

Make sure to have a listen to this great discussion about the origin of the Lockdown Living book. And if you don’t already own it, get your copy of Lockdown Living here!