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.
As the American political circus trundles on, we decided it would be a good time to look back at some of the great characters of New Zealand politics over the years - with NZ On Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner. Jun 05, 2016 02:48 pm
A widowed woman finds herself attracted to her late husband's brother in Thom Conroy's latest novel The Salted Air. Thom's first novel reimagined the story of a German naturalist, Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who come to New Zealand to buy land from Maori. Jun 05, 2016 02:40 pm
Photographer Drew Hill's new exhibition In Your Face uses fast food wrappers as a canvas, placing images on them. Drew says "Like they are mass producing their food, I am using the wrappers to mass produce my work". Jun 05, 2016 02:25 pm
As the culmination of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, awards were handed out to recent RNZ National guests Felicity Ward for Best International Show, Best Newcomers The Fan Brigade, and David Correos took out the coveted Billy T award. For Wellington Daniel John Smith took home the Newcomer Award. Daniel has appeared on AotearoHA: Rising Stars, as well as storytelling podcasts What We Talk About and The Watercooler. Jun 05, 2016 02:08 pm
London's Globe Theatre, a replica of one of Shakespeare's early venues, has had a record year making a healthy surplus of over half a million New Zealand dollars. Not bad for a venture that had to get over a lot of hurdles to even be built almost two decades ago. One of the people who helped make the dream a reality was Dr. Diana Devlin. She's Deputy Chair of the Shakespeare Globe Council, and also teaches acting at the respected Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Diana is also the granddaughter of actors Dame Sybil Thorndike and Sir Lewis Casson. She's in New Zealand at the moment as an assessor for the Shakespeare Globe Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Jun 05, 2016 01:45 pm
Budget 2016 contained some good news for three of our major arts organisations. The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra all received substantial increases to their budgets. But as Justin Gregory explains, it was another generous allocation that got people in the performing community talking. Jun 05, 2016 12:48 pm
Two thousand years of hair styles are encapsulated in a new exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery, from bad hair days to eccentric styles, sideburns to split ends. Bad Hair Day includes more than 60 works, showing how attitudes towards hair and hairstyles have changed, for better and for worse. Big name New Zealand artists including Ronnie van Hout, Leo Bensemann, and Yvonne Todd have work in the exhibition curated by Ken Hall. Jun 05, 2016 12:39 pm