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.
There's a new playground for sonic artists and composers who want to experiment with more than conventional musical instruments - the 'sound dome'. Auckland University's Dr John Coulter and Multimedia artist Tim Gruchy have been instrumental in getting the two high-tech, acoustically designed sound domes built. The large one is 14 metres in diameter and almost 8 metres high, complete with 18 loudspeakers, high-def image projectors, stage lighting and room for up to 200 people. John talks to Lynn Freeman about a specially composed sound work that's about to premiere in the smaller Performance Sound Dome. Jul 10, 2016 02:50 pm
Journalist-turned-screenwriter and novellist Debra Daley has set her third book The Revelations of Carey Ravine in the midst of 1770s buccaneering London society. The Bay of Plenty-based writer has had a long fascination with British history, especially during a time when, as she tells Lynn Freeman, everything was for sale. Jul 10, 2016 02:40 pm
Fashion photographers in New Zealand are competing for limited opportunities in an increasingly congested market. Sonia Sly speaks to emerging photographers Luke Foley-Martin and James O'Neill about breaking into the fashion industry, and Aaron K, photographer and Director of AIPA speaks about the pros and cons of the online environment. Jul 10, 2016 02:25 pm
Germany after the First World War was bleak. Poverty was all around, and the only place to escape it was at the live variety shows - if you could afford it. That's the theme to the German silent masterpiece Variety, which is the Wellington live attraction at the New Zealand Film Festival. Simon Morris with the story... Jul 10, 2016 01:50 pm
Copenhagen is regularly acclaimed as one of the world's "most liveable" cities. So just how have designers made it work so well and can we steal any of their ideas? Rasmus Frisk started up Copenhagen architecture and urban design practice Arki_lab, which gets citizens heavily involved in its projects. He says public design should be a democratic process. Jul 10, 2016 12:50 pm
In its hundreds of thousands of pages published over 175 years, the New Zealand Gazette contains unexplored treasures for historians and genealogists. Amongst the official Government notices and proclamations which, it's true, can be on the dry side, are little nuggets of pure gold. Jul 10, 2016 12:42 pm