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, April 04, 2016
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only for 04/03/2016
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.
Chances are that if you've seen a play in Wellington in the last few years Paul Waggott was in it, often as a member of his collective My Accomplice. He's performing in a physically demanding, one man fantasy epic parody that he co-wrote, The Seven Sons of Supparath, and a return season of Beards! Beards! Beards!. These will be the last shows Paul performs before heading to his native UK. Apr 03, 2016 02:50 pm
Barbara Else has been awarded the top prize for New Zealand children's literature - the Margaret Mahy Medal. For all her many popular children's books - including The Queen and the Nobody Boy, Tricky Situations,The Travelling Restaurant and her many children's anthologies - she made her name initially with novels for grown ups - notably The Warrior Queen. Apr 03, 2016 02:35 pm
New Zealand fashion designer Sean Kelly is launching his own label in New York this year. He thanks American TV show host Tim Gunn for much of his success. Sean won Project Runway a couple of years ago. The big prize helped propel him up the fashion ladder. Tim is a mentor on the long running TV series on Sky's Vibe channel. He's also involved in a new spinoff Project Runway Junior, which starts on Vibe in July. Apr 03, 2016 02:25 pm
Christchurch playwright Carl Nixon's new comedy Matthew, Mark, Luke and Joanne explores the tendency to listen to people who tell us how to think. Matthew's wife and best friend struggle to deal with his conversion to Christianity following a vision in the gluten-free aisle of his local supermarket. When Matthew (Tom Peters) starts giving money away and helping the poor, his business partner Mark (Phil Vaughan) thinks he's crazy, and his wife Joanne (Luanne Gordon) wants a divorce. Apr 03, 2016 01:56 pm
Last weekend at the Tauranga National Jazz Festival, Jazz pianist, educator, and multi award winner Phil Broadhurst picked up Best Album for his 2015 release 'Panacea' and Callum Allardice won the inaugural APRA Best Jazz Composition award. Apr 03, 2016 01:50 pm
An angry brawl a few years ago between European climbers and a gang of disgruntled Sherpas contradicted everything we thought we knew about the friendly, loyal mountain guides who selflessly assisted Sir Ed Hillary and his successors to the top of Mount Everest. Producer Bridget Ikin tells us that brawl was the starting point of a documentary which is opening here in a few weeks. Sherpa ended up going somewhere bigger and more shocking. Apr 03, 2016 12:50 pm
Prime TV's Decades in Colour is a documentary series charting New Zealand's social history through three decades of home movies - from the 1950s to the 1970s. Presented by Judy Bailey and features over 200 colour films shot on 16mm and 8mm, surfacing after producer Alex Reed's nationwide search. Apr 03, 2016 12:40 pm