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, September 23, 2011
Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: 24 September 2011 on Radio NZ National
8:15 Yasmine Ryan: Tunisia
8:35 Paul Diamond: murder and the mayor
9:05 Nancy Andreasen: creativity and mental illness
9:35 Martyn Myer: Wanaka and philanthropy
10:05 Playing Favourites with Simon O'Neill, Jonathan Lemalu, Madeleine Pierard, and Sarah Castle
11:05 Kevin McCloud: grand designs
11:45 Stephen Jenkinson: companion animals in urban life
Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Matt Thomson
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins
8:15 Yasmine Ryan
Yasmine Ryan is a New Zealand journalist working for Al Jazeera English, specialising in North Africa. She has been covering the Arab uprisings since the protests first erupted in Tunisia in December, and was the first journalist to examine the battles for freedom of expression between cyber dissidents and the authorities. In October, she will report from Tunisia on what many are hoping will be the country's first free and fair election.
Paul Diamond is a writer, broadcast journalist and historian, and chaired the judging panel at this year's NZ Post Book Awards. During 2011 he has been a resident scholar at the Stout Research Centre for NZ Studies, where he is writing a book about Charles Mackay (1875-1929), the secretly homosexual mayor of Whanganui. In August he was appointed Curator, Maori at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Dr Nancy Andreasen M.D., Ph.D., is Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and Director of its Neuroimaging Research Center and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is a world-leading schizophrenia researcher, and a pioneer of neuroimaging which enables medical researchers to see what is going on inside the heads of people suffering from schizophrenia. In 2000 she received the United States National Medal of Science from President Bill Clinton. Dr Andreasen is visiting New Zealand to give a series of seminars around the country to health professionals.
Martyn Myer and his wife Louise have been coming to Wanaka from Australia for 25 years, and built the Whare Kea Lodge there 15 years ago. The Lodge, the Myers and the people and area are profiled in the new book, Wanaka: Earth to Heaven at Whare Kea by Michal McKay with photographs by Kieran Scott (Godwit, ISBN: 978-1-86962-182-7).
10:05 Playing Favourites with Simon O'Neill (right), Jonathan Lemalu, Madeleine Pierard, and Sarah Castle
Madeleine Pierard (soprano), Sarah Castle (mezzo soprano), Simon O'Neill (tenor) and Jonathan Lemalu (bass) will be performing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and guest choirs, conducted by Pietari Inkinen in Odes to Joy (Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and a new work from Gareth Farr), in Wellington (22 September, sold out), Auckland (24 September, sold out), Christchurch (27 September) and Dunedin ( 28 September), as part of the Real New Zealand Festival.
Architectural historian and designer Kevin McCloud is best known for the television series Grand Designs, and has also made series about Europe, the slums of Mumbai, and urban blight and regeneration. He writes about architecture and people, most recently in the book Kevin McCloud's 43 Principles of Home: Enjoying Life in the 21st Century (Collins, ISBN: 978-0-00-726548-0), and runs HAB (Happiness Architecture Beauty), building sustainable and contextual housing schemes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Kevin McCloud visits New Zealand for the first time for One Night Only, an evening of design and anecdotes, on 26 October at Auckland's Civic Theatre.
Stephen Jenkinson is a UK Kennel Club Access and Countryside Management consultant, and a Pet Behaviour Counsellor working for the Blue Cross animal charity in the Highlands and Islands. He is visiting Christchurch for a seminar, A City Good for Dogs is Great for Humans (26 September, Cashmere Library).
On Saturday 24 September August 2011 during Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat broadcast of Kim Hill's interview from 17 September with Libby Hakaraia, producer of It's In the Bag.
Preview: Saturday 1 October
Kim Hill's guests will include Whirimako Black, Paul Brewer, and James Lee Burke.