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, December 21, 2015
Nine to Noon - Scheduled interviews and reviews this week
A thousand migrants fleeing Syria are still landing on the island of Lesbos every day, we meet one of the volunteers helping them make it safely to shore
The future of the map in an age of satnavs and apps
Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney
Dr. Rick Sacra, the US GP who survived Ebola in Liberia, then returned there to continue to treat patients with the disease.
Book review: After You by Jojo Moyes
Reading: The Promotion a short story by Maria Samuela read by David Fane
The year in Politics with Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills.
Simran Sethi is a journalist and writer whose book Bread, Wine, Chocolate, the Slow Loss of We Love chronicles our culinary affairs with some key foods that have been developed into kitchen staples and how vulnerable they now are.
Urbanist Tommy Honey
Tuesday 22 December
News and current events
Tracking the extent of drug use through what ends up in the sewerage system
US correspondent Steve Almond
Ted Dawe, the author of Into the River on all that has happened since the controversial banning of his book.
Book Review: Polynesian Panthers edited by Melani Anae, Leilani Tamu and Lautofa Luli
Reading: A Cow of a Night - A short story by Sue Emms
Rod Oram on business.
Shaun Usher's website, lettersofnote.com has proved hugely popular. He has a variety of correspondence on his site, letters he believes deserve a wider audience, not just handwritten notes, but also postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos
Media commentator Gavin Ellis
Wednesday 23 December
News and current affairs.
Australia correspondent, Bernard Keane
The artistic director of La Verita, a surreal Dali style circus that will be performing at the NZ festival next year
Book Review:Landfall 230 edited by David Eggleton
Reading: Night Flight - A short story by Malcolm Bowers
Marty Duda's musical artist of the week.
Wheelchair motorcross athlete, Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham - the first person in the world to do a double back flip in a wheelchair.
Science commentator, Siouxsie Wiles
Thursday 24 December, our Christmas Eve special
Some of our regular contributers look back on the year that has been
Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley speaks to us about his solo trek across the icy continent
Dame Diane Robertson, the retiring Auckland City Missioner
Jeremy Taylor's music picks.
Christmas carols from Note Bene
Pinky Agnew, Te Radar, Kennedy Warne and Tommy Honey help us on our way to the end of the year
A very Scilly Christmas. We speak again to Scilly Island police officer, Colin Taylor on the unusual events that take up his time on the remote islands off Cornwall