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.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Standing Room Only
Standing Room Only for 02/05/2017
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.
He was a pioneer in using machines to turn music or sound into visual images like film and video, even computer graphics. Wellington painter, printmaker, sculptor and video artist Michael Nicholson tells his story in his first book - Visual Language Games, published by Steele Roberts - at the age of 101. He was born in England, part of a famous painting family, but in the mid 1950s he came to work at Auckland University. By 1962 he'd moved to Australia to work as a sculptor and teacher in Australia and in the 70s he was experimenting with new computer technology called the Scanimate Video Synthesizer to create video art. In the early 1980s he met up with New Zealand artist Janet Paul and they set up home in Wellington. Feb 05, 2017 02:45 pm
William Wordsworth borrowed from his sister Dorothy's diary to create one of the most famous poems in English. Charles Darwin's grandfather Erasmus wrote poetry. Having a famous relative is a double edged sword. You can be inspired, cash in on their fame... or feel overshadowed. An international symposium in Dunedin is looking at the 19th century families of writers including Robert Burns, Jane Austen, the Brontes and Virginia Woolf. Robbie and his nephew The Reverend Thomas Burns, Dunedin's founding figure, is the topic of Professor Liam McIlvanney's talk - while Dr Grace Moore from Melbourne University is speaking about the less famous Kingsley family. Lynn Freeman spoke to them and to the symposium organiser, and curator of an accompanying exhibition, Dr Thomas McLean from the University of Otago: The symposium starts on 12 February 2017. Meanwhile the exhibition Keeping it in the Family: British and Irish Literary Generations 1770-1930, is on at the de Beer Gallery at the University of Otago. Feb 05, 2017 02:40 pm
There's speed dating, online dating, and now Onstage Dating. Award-winning Australian performer Bron Batten is a Tinderella, a serial dater... and she does it all in front of an audience. Bron's shows have toured Europe, Chicago and all over Australia. She's bringing her award-winning show Onstage Dating to Auckland's Basement Theatre, and BATS in Wellington. Feb 05, 2017 02:30 pm
Toi Whakaari graduate Brynley Stent is an actor that excells in her comedic roles. Brynley's versatile, expressive face and commitment to characters make her a stand out in any show she's in. She's about to begin a run in a camp comedy, appropriately enough called Camping, at Q Theatre as part of the Auckland Pride Festival, and is part of the ensemble of TV3 sketch show Funny Girls. Brynley has also done standup, performs in improv group Snort, and was nominated for Most Promising Female Newcomer in Wellington's Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Feb 05, 2017 02:06 pm
On Waitangi Day musician Dudley Benson is getting married. To the earth. It is a statement, he says, on our relationship to the land, and how this might be a part of our national identity. The ceremony's being carried out at the Christchurch Art Gallery as part of the city's Waitangi Day celebrations, and everyone's invited. Feb 05, 2017 01:45 pm
A devised theatre show called deVine has taken as its subject the tensions around a family dealing and not dealing with mental health issues. RECollective Theatre Company wants to tackle this issue head on, and have consulted with Northlanders - the region continues to have a high suicide rate. The money raised from the initial season will go towards touring the show in Northland. Feb 05, 2017 01:30 pm
The internet, piracy, privacy, and ownership are at the heart of Filmmaker Professor Annie Goldson's latest documentary. Annie's credits include Brother Number One, and An Island Calling. Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web focusses on the battle between the controversial entrepreneur, the US government and the entertainment industry. It's getting its premiere in the country that's pushing for Dotcom's extradition from New Zealand - America - at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Feb 05, 2017 12:50 pm
Brigadier James Hargest is one of Southland's most significant 20th century military and political figures however he's now all but forgotten; except for the Invercargill High School that bears his name. Southland based historian Aaron Fox is writing the Brigadier's life story, based in part on previously unpublished documents. Aaron has just received a second grant to carry out his extensive research. Last year he came to Wellington thanks to the Stout Research Centre, but earthquake damage meant he couldn't get into the National Library and Archives New Zealand buildings. Now the New Zealand History Research Trust Fund is chipping in for what's become an all consuming project. Feb 05, 2017 12:22 pm
Archives New Zealand is preparing to farewell its most precious exhibits. But the historic and fragile documents aren't going far, just a few metres down the road, and they will remain in Archives care. The Declaration of Independence by the United Tribes of New Zealand, The Treaty of Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition move to their new home in May. Waitangi Day is the last time the public will be able to view the documents at the Archives building before they move into a new space alongside interactive exhibits. Feb 05, 2017 12:12 pm