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.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
IIML NEWSLETTER 22 AUGUST
Tēna koutou! Talofa lava!
Greetings and welcome to the 210th edition of our
1. Talanoa The IIML, working with Victoria University’s Assistant
Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie
Laban, hosted a talanoa on Saturday 6 August. This brought together many
leading Pasifika writers, producers and educators. One focus of the day was
how the IIML might better connect with Pasifika writers and encourage more
applications from emerging Pasifika talent. Albert Wendt delivered a keynote
address which was followed by panel discussions around the challenges
writers face and the range of opportunities they would like to see. Our
warmest thanks to everyone who took part. A fuller account of this historic
event can be read in the Victoria
2. The Rehearsal
Alison Maclean's stylish film of Eleanor Catton's debut
novel The Rehearsal
(written in 2007 for her MA at the IIML) debuted at the New Zealand
International Film Festival. Congratulations to the team for the
prestigious Main Slate selection at the New York
Film Festival. It will also be screening at the Melbourne
International Film Festival, the London and the Toronto
Film Festivals. And special mention to Emily Perkins for
her role as co-writer. There is no truth to the rumour that the Head of the
Drama School was based on anyone at the IIML.
Our online journal has a new name and is open for
Many thanks to Karena
Kelly from Te Kawa a Maui for her advice with the reo.
Karena explains: 'Kapohau is the Māori term for the action of a wind
turbine, comprised of 'kapo' (to catch/capture) and 'hau' which typically
means wind in the turbine context. However, 'hau' is also used in other
contexts to mean the vitality or vital essence of a person, place or
object. It seems to me that this ambiguity makes for an apt play on words
and a beautiful fit for your journal.'