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.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music.
Turning a novel into a script is tricky -there have been some spectacular failures on screen and on stage. But the team behind a stage version of Christine Leunans' Second World War novel Caging Skies is confident they've made it work. So's the author. Lynn Freeman speaks to the writer of the stage play Desiree Gezentsvey and to Christine Leunans. Aug 06, 2017 02:40 pm
The Mutiny on the Bounty, where Christian Fletcher offloaded Captain William Bligh and most of his supporters before ending up on Pitcairn Island, has been immortalised in print and on screen many times. But have we ever really had a full picture of Fletcher the man and his motives, beyond the drama? Auckland Novellist Graeme Lay, off the back of his fictionalised while factual account of Captain James Cook's life on land and at sea, has turned his attention to Christian Fletcher Aug 06, 2017 02:25 pm
Photo-journalist Guy Frederick had an unusual request make of scientists and staff at Scott Base; if you could write a postcard to Antarctica, what would you say? Their thoughts are included in an exhibition of Guy's own impressions of the continent about to go on show at Canterbury Museum. Aug 06, 2017 02:22 pm
Author Fiona Farrell encapsulates our nation's contemporary history into her novel Decline and Fall on Savage Street - and within that novel, a street and a house. If that's not clever enough, the novel is a companion to her soon to be published non fiction book The Villa at the Edge of the Empire. Aug 06, 2017 01:45 pm
One person can make a difference. Hutt Valley High School Music teacher Gary Wilby is a case in point. He's been inspiring students in the Hutt Valley since 1977. And today that dedication to his students and to music is recognised with the presentation of the Marie Vandeward Memorial Award, at the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington. Aug 06, 2017 01:30 pm
We're bombarded with images of handguns - in news reports and in cop shows and films. But what about walking into an art gallery and seeing large format, high definition photographs of guns. Expat photographer Jono Rotman, who's previous exhibition here was a controversial series of Mongrel Mob portraits, is now turning his attention to another uncomfortable aspect of our lives. Aug 06, 2017 12:47 pm
Bert Berns like so many New York songwriters of the great American songbook came from Russian-Jewish stock. His father was even a New York tailor - but after that, everything changes. Aug 06, 2017 12:20 pm