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, June 19, 2016
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only for 06/19/2016
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 Christchurch Cathedral Choir's history goes back to 1881, and it's told in a new book. Peter Simpson, has researched and written Singing to God - and he's well qualified, having sung in the Christchurch Cathedral Choir for 52 years. Peter's wife Ruth also sings, and their daughter Kirsten is a professional musician. Lynn Freeman speaks to Peter and Kirsten Simpson. Jun 19, 2016 02:50 pm
Some streets have their own personality - Beale Street in Memphis, Bourbon Street in New Orleans - and in Welllington, that haven of Bohemians, Aro Street. A mystery about mathematics, labyrinths, giants and reality is how Danyl McLauchlan describes his latest novel, Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley. Three years ago Danyl published Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley - which also blends mystery and comedy in a characterful Wellington suburb. Jun 19, 2016 02:35 pm
Australian Fringe performer Tomás Ford is about to bring his show Crap Music Rave Party to New Zealand. He's a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, and his notoriety has spread (he says) "like a dirty secret." On the Laugh Track, Tomas picks fellow fringe performers Luke McGregor, The Bedroom Philosopher, Alisdair Lists Everyhting and Lady Rizo. Jun 19, 2016 02:06 pm
Skull Island in the Peter Jackson movie King Kong was a pretty daunting location. Even more daunting was the fact that it's not real. Much of it was the work of Samoan-born concept designer at Weta Workshop, Gus Hunter. Gus is one of five alumni of Wellington's Massey College of Creative Arts recently inducted into Massey's Hall of Fame, and one of his biggest fans is Weta's Sir Richard Taylor, himself a Hall of Famer. Jun 19, 2016 01:47 pm
A giant, articulated steel Weta will represent New Zealand at one of the world's biggest outdoor art installation events. For 30 years, at the Burning Man, hundreds of artists from around the world build massive outdoor artworks - often several stories high - in the heart of the Nevada desert. Some are set on fire, while others stay on site or are sold off. But the Giant Weta will return to New Zealand. Lynn Freeman talks to Hippathy Valentine, this country's Burning Man representative who first went to the event at Black Rock City back in 2007. Jun 19, 2016 01:34 pm
Graham Sheffield has shaken things up at the British Council, since taking up the job of Arts Director five years ago.He's rebuilt and expanded the British Council's international arts programme which covers more than 110 countries including Brazil, Qatar and Mexico. He's even managed to secure more funding for his programme during lean years for many arts organisations. Jun 19, 2016 12:50 pm
Caricaturist Jeff Bell says the art form can be seen as cruel, but it's actually about finding the essence of a person.He fell in love with political caricature after discovering New Zealand's Murray Webb, Mad Magazine, and British satirical TV programme Spitting Image. Jeff was a runner up in the New Zealand Listener Young Cartoonist Award in 2013, and now is about to reveal his latest drawings at this first solo exhibition, in his hometown of Rangiora. Jun 19, 2016 12:40 pm