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, April 10, 2016
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only for 04/10/2016
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.
The New Zealand International Film Festival is the once-a-year celebration of cinema for the cognoscenti - festival fare, challenging art-films and the occasional gob-smacking spectacular. But Festival Director Bill Gosden likes to warm us up with a tribute to classic film-making. This year his Autumn Events feature a fabulous new print of The King and I... But do they make 'em like that any more? Apr 10, 2016 02:49 pm
Owen Marshall is best known, perhaps, as our premier short-story writer, but his range is astonishing. He's an award-winning novelist, a poet, an anthologist - and one of our most distinguished, and awarded, general authors. But his subject matter is often the ordinary - like his new novel Love as a Stranger. It's a modern-day version of that oldest of literary genres - the obsessive romantic triangle. Apr 10, 2016 02:40 pm
At iD Fashion Week 2016 New Zealand designer Kate Sylvester was invited to show her AW16 collection 'A Muse' inspired by the work of Picasso. The designer also presented a talk at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery about her connection with art and literature and the way it informs her collection, plus the highs and lows of starting out in the fashion industry and making mistakes along the way. Apr 10, 2016 02:25 pm
To say Taika Waititi's new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a hit is putting it mildly. It's broken the record for an opening weekend in New Zealand - a record previously held by Taika's own Boy. But how did it all start for Taika Waititi? Irene Gardiner from NZ On Screen has had a look through Taika's back pages. Apr 10, 2016 01:46 pm
Bass players have always been dismissed as the boring ones in any band; hidden side of stage, robotically plucking away, overshadowed by the singer and the lead guitarist. Things might just be getting worse for them with the arrival of the MechBass; a robotic bass guitarist that can do everything they can and more - and won't drink the rest of the band's beer. Justin Gregory with this story. Apr 10, 2016 01:30 pm
One of the big cliches about this little country of ours is our Tall Poppy Syndrome - the famous Clobbering Machine that reduces our so-called betters to the mundane and ordinary. To which critic Iain Sharp can only say "if only"! He complains that our literary critics tend to be "tame, dull, lazy, cowardly and predictable" and wrote about it for The Spin Off. Apr 10, 2016 12:40 pm