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.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Standing Room Only for 24 January 2016
Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.
A fascination with the lives and achievements of early Australian women swimmers comes through in a solo play by Australian writer and actor Alice Mary Cooper. In her show Waves, which she's bringing to the New Zealand Festival as well as the Auckland Arts Festival, Alice imagines how a woman on an Australian island invents the butterfly stroke by swimming with fish and penguins. Jan 24, 2016 03:52 pm
Wooden spoons are one of the most useful things in the kitchen even in these days of flash appliances. Sam Keer teaches how to carve greenwood spoons at the Wellington's Community Education Centre. Jan 24, 2016 02:45 pm
In the Outer Hebrides on Scotland's Western flank traditional Scottish music is hugely popular, but a whole new generation of artists with their own style are also finding a following with locals and tourists. Willie Campbell is one of the most in demand new generation of musicians on the Isle of Lewes. Jan 24, 2016 01:45 pm
Can fantasy help us to understand things we'd rather not think about at all? That's the question behind new play Defending the J.J. Mac, which opens soon in Auckland. Director Leon Wadham says the play, written by Beanie-Maryse Ridler, is possibly about a butterfly tamer who lives in a tree house - maybe - and addresses questions of mental health and grief using magical realism and imagination. Jan 24, 2016 01:30 pm
Pop-up Globe is the world's first full-scale working replica of the second Globe theatre, and eight of Shakespeare's works will be performed in Auckland before it heads to another part of the world. The pop up theatre is closely modelled on the original, and actors will work on a stage that's 360°, offering lots of opportunities to interact with the audience. Especially the groundlings, as most will be standing looking up at the stage. Lynn Freeman met two of the directors: Ben Naylor (Romeo and Juliet), along Dr Miles Gregory (Twelfth Night) who's also the Pop-up Globe's artistic director. Jan 24, 2016 12:46 pm