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.
Friday, July 08, 2011
Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: 9 July 2011 - Radio NZ National
8:15 Andrew Rossi: the New York Times
8:45 Vana Manasiadis: turmoil in Athens
9:05 Erin Bigler: the brain and autism
9:45 Nick Hedley: visualising data
10:05 Playing Favourites with Damien Wilkins
11:05 Simon Ngawhika: voyager
11:40 Adam Pruden: airborne communication
Producer: Mark Cubey
Associate producer: Sean McKenna
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
8:15 Andrew Rossi
Andrew Rossi is director of the documentary Page One: a Year Inside the New York Times, which investigates the challenges faced by the print industry, and the relationship between the newspaper and WikiLeaks. The film will premiere at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival (14-31 July in Auckland, 29 July to 14 August in Wellington; other centres follow).
Vana Manasiadis completed a Master of Arts in creative writing at Victoria University in 2005, and has taught classics, drama and English. Her first collection of poetry, Ithaca Island Bay Leaves: a Mythistorima (Seraph Press, ISBN: 978-0-473-15235-2), was published in late 2009. She resides in Crete, but is currently in Athens. http://www.seraphpress.co.nz/ithaca.html
9:05 Erin Bigler
Erin D. Bigler is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University, Utah, where current autism research focuses on genetics, imaging of brain development and immune system functioning. He is visiting New Zealand and presented one of the free public lectures in the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand’s Annual Appeal series: The Brain in Autism: Insights from the Latest Technology.
Dr. Nick Hedley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is the founding director of the department's Spatial Interface Research Lab, which uses a range of tools to enable citizen and expert audiences to explore complex geographical problems in areas such as tsunami hazard, risk communication and avalanche education. International cooperation between the Canadian research network GEOmatics for Informed Decisions, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information in New Zealand/Australia, brought Dr Hedley to New Zealand to present his research at the Better Groundwater Management Workshop at Lincoln University, and at the University of Canterbury.
Damien Wilkins is Senior Lecturer at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. He is an author, poet, playwright, short story writer, and essayist, and edited The Best of Best New Zealand Poems (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0-86473-651-2) with the Institute’s director, Bill Manhire. Damien is also the singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Close Readers, who recently released their first album, Group Hug (Austin Records).
Simon Ngawhika, of Te Arawa descent, sailed from New Zealand to Hawaii using traditional methods as part of the Pacific Voyagers journey. Later this year he will travel to Portland State University in the United States, using his Fulbright scholarship to complete a Master of Business Administration degree, specialising in distributive issues within the agricultural food production system.
Adam Pruden is a Research Fellow for the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he oversees the Flyfire project, which aims to transform ordinary space into an immersive and interactive display environment. Adam is a keynote speaker at the international Wellington LUX symposium at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University (8-10 July).