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.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
IIML NEWSLETTER - 2 October 2012
This is from the 186th in
a series of occasional newsletters from the International Institute of
Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.
1. Transit of Venus
Chris Price will be in Berlin by now – where she joins
Hinemoana Baker and Glenn Colquhoun and German poets Uwe Kolbe, Brigitte
Oleschinski and Ulrike Almut Sandig for the second half of the Transit of
Venus Poetry Exchange. The six poets have all been busy
producing new, Transit-related work, and in Berlin this week they'll be
even busier translating it all to and fro between their respective
languages. Next week they take the results to the Frankfurt Book Fair for
presentations in the New Zealand Pavilion.
has produced a little movie about the project, which even
includes a glimpse of our workshop room, while Chris has blogged about the
experience on the FBF website.
2. Victoria goes to Frankfurt
Frankfurt is keeping a lot of us busy.
On 9 October Bill Manhire gives the opening literary address
on behalf of New Zealand at the Frankfurt Book Fair's official
opening ceremony. He is also involved in events around two publishing
projects: a special New Zealand poetry issue of the German literary journal
Akzente; and a re-edited, updated version of Some Other
Country. He also travels to Vienna after the Frankfurt
Book Fair to give a presentation at the University of Vienna on New Zealand
writing in the 21st century. Among his presentations in the NZ Pavilion are
a conversation with Icelandic writer Halldór Guðmundsson, and discussion
with Kate De Goldi about New Zealand’s Grimms fairytale competition at the
stand of the German/French television channel ARTE.
On 13 October between 3.00pm and 9.00 pm, Victoria
University and the Weltkulturen Museum are presenting a "New Zealand
Text and Culture Marathon". Participants include
Elizabeth Knox, Tina Makereti, Hamish Clayton, Anna Jackson, Harry
Ricketts, Lawrence Patchett, John Sinclair, Jenny Bornholdt and Fergus
Many more writers with strong Victoria connections – including Hinemoana
Baker, Chris Price, Anthony McCarten, Kate Camp, Lloyd Jones, Sarah
Quigley, Kate De Goldi, Paula Morris, Barbara Ewing, Eleanor Catton and
Emily Perkins ¬– will be doing their thing in the NZ Pavilion. You
can download a pdf of the full
Pavilion programme here.
Among the cultural performances during the Book Fair will be
the Norman Meehan/Hannah Griffin Making Baby Float show, incorporating
numbers from their Buddhist Rain and Making Baby Float CDs, and from the
recently released These Rough
Back in Wellington, if you listen carefully, you will hear a cry coming
from the dawn