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Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Rosalind Manowitz has spent the year working on an ambitious, interactive and educational orchestral concert specifically for children, as the SOUNZ Community Commission winner for 2017. Her stage name is Rainbow Rosalind and she dresses as a fairy when performing around the country, as part of her mission to introduce children to the world of classical music. As well as the SOUNZ commission, Rosalind took out the APRA Best Children's Music Video Award 2016 for her original music video Aotearoa, Home of our Hearts, and has released her debut album of original children's songs, Kia Ora. Dec 10, 2017 02:50 pm
The deaths of two people close to members of Atamira Dance Company felt like a sign to choreographer Kelly Nash. So Kelly did her research which revealed the word 'Atamira' is historically associated with the process of caring for those who have died. Dec 10, 2017 02:35 pm
It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break. Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback. But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub. Dec 10, 2017 02:25 pm
Dire predictions about the death of books and of publishing in this country with the advent of e-books and the amalgamation of big publishing houses have proved to be way off the mark. One of the standout publishers to have emerged is Wellington's BWB - Bridget Williams' Books - with its focus on New Zealand non-fiction and championing of the topical essay. Titles in their popular BWB text series include The New Zealand Project by Max Harris, Holly Walker's The Whole Intimate Mess, and Antibiotic Resistance by Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Their latest publications include The Expatriates by expat Martin Edmond, and Paul Gorman's take on the Canterbury Earthquakes - Portacom City. Dec 10, 2017 01:40 pm
The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington is Mecca for adoring fans of the New Zealand short story writer. It's also in need of some serious work on the exterior and the gardens. Lynn Freeman went to visit and to find out about fundraising efforts from Jen Boland (Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden). Dec 10, 2017 01:35 pm
2017 has been an extraordinary one for New Zealand films. Say what you like about the quality of 2017, the sheer quantity of titles has been extraordinary. It's across the board too - documentaries, dramas, comedies. Even that rare thing in this country; family movies. But it still seems hard to get New Zealand audiences along to a local film - or at least one not made by Taika Waititi. What are they missing out on? To look over the year's riches Simon Morris is joined by James Robins (The Listener), and Sarah McMullen (Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan). Dec 10, 2017 12:45 pm
Who killed baby Ara? It could be another headline to another news story about another child killed by a family member or step parent. Which is very much the point of Hone Kouka's new play Bless the Child. The mother of Ara is charged with her murder - but what is the truth? Bless the Child was a co-winner of the Adam Play Award in 2015 and it will be directed by his partner Miria George. Dec 10, 2017 12:30 pm
Kaikoura residents are sharing their own stories of life since the November 2016 earthquake altered the seaside community in so many ways. They come up with all kinds of ways to describe their experiences within the confines of a box. There are about 30 boxes in the exhibition called New Normal representing a big cross section of the Kaikoura community and beyond. It's been a collaboration with Kaikoura's new Museum which invited locals to share their stories for future generations. Dec 10, 2017 12:16 pm
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writing and good reading will break down barriers. We may even find a
new idea, a great humane vision, around which to rally.” Kazuo
Ishiguro calls for cultural and generic diversity in his
Nobel lecture. | Nobel Prize
Stein has resigned
from his roleas the editor of The Paris Review amid
an investigation into his inappropriate conduct with female writers and
employees. | The New York Times
really good at missing deadlines. My secret to this is overcommitting
to projects because of a profound inability to say no.” Roxane Gay on how she
works. | Lifehacker
Cline has filed a
countersuit against a former boyfriend who alleged that she
had plagiarized his work—and whose lawyer included her private sexual
activity in a public court filing, seemingly to shame her into
settling. | The New Yorker
Chaos, Violence, Belief: Writers (Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay), politicians (Hillary Clinton,
John McCain), and others reflect on the
words that defined 2017. | Medium
series of recent bans and
library shutdowns in Egypt have “turned something as simple
as reading into a dangerous act.” | The