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, May 22, 2016
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only for 05/22/2016
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.
All over India this year, children in remote villages are painting elephants. Not the real thing, but half size fibreglass artworks. Helping them use art material they may never have seen before is high profile Indian artist Bulbul Sharma. She's been commissioned by the NGO Elephant Family to work with village children on the elephants, to help raise awareness of threats to the population through habitat loss and poaching. May 22, 2016 02:48 pm
Prize-winning short fiction writer and essayist Tracey Slaughter's new collection of short stories has been a long time coming, but it's been worth the wait. Tracey talks about and reads from 'Deleted Scenes for Lovers'. May 22, 2016 02:35 pm
New Zealand Opera is hoping tried and trusted Mozart opera The Magic Flute will be a winner, but set and costumes aside, it all hinges on the singers. Lynn Freeman met two of the stars: Australian Samuel Dundas (Papageno) and New Zealander Emma Fraser (Pamina). May 22, 2016 01:48 pm
Aucklanders love going to the beach but not all of them love poetry. Is it because they just haven't met each other yet? Poet Paul White and calligrapher Peter Gilderdale from AUT University thought the obvious answer was to go to the seaside and write giant poems in the sand. So they've embarked on a collaboration doing just that. Justin Gregory met them at Castor Bay beach as they prepared for an afternoon's work. He asked Paul to recite the poem to be "published" today. May 22, 2016 01:30 pm
Ramsey Lewis will be part of Christchurch's in-crowd next week. The multi-Grammy award winning composer and pianist is headlining the New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival there. He's one of the most successful jazz pianists in the world, with 80 albums under his belt. Lynn caught up with Ramsey from his home-town of Chicago. May 22, 2016 01:28 pm
Palmerston North's Centrepoint Theatre is determined to get people thinking and talking about the current refugee crisis. It's hosting three plays questioning whether countries like ours have a responsibility to help displaced refugees. Angie Farrow's work The Politician's Wife which was Shortlisted for the 2016 Adam NZ Play Award, premieres as part of the Plays with a Purpose season. The other two come from overseas. White Rabbit Red Rabbit is an international hit, and there's a reading of Lampedusa by Anders Lustgarten. Lynn Freeman talks to Angie Farrow and Centrepoint's artistic director Jeff Kingsford-Brown. May 22, 2016 12:50 pm
Maori chief Te Rauparaha drank there, suffragettes protested there, six o'clock swillers guzzled at the bar and both sides of the Springbok tour movement argued there. Wellington's oldest pub The Thistle Inn has been open for almost 180 years, and now it's hosting a play about many pivotal moments in its, and New Zealand's history. Director of My Shout Kerryn Palmer and her students at Victoria University have been researching the pub's history. May 22, 2016 12:40 pm