Monday, May 29, 2017

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Book Launch Invitation

Launch of Agnes Moncrieiff's letters on Tuesday 20 June,
6pm at Vic Books, Kelburn.
Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of

You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon:

Agnes Moncrieff's letters from China 1930–1945
edited by Barbara Francis

on Tuesday 20 June, 5.30pm–7pm
at Vic Books, 1 Kelburn Parade,
Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn.

Michael Powles will launch the book.
Refreshments will be served.
All welcome.

If you are driving come through Gate 8 at the top of Kelburn Parade there is plenty of free parking down the hill.

About You Do Not Travel in China At the Full Moon.

Off the Shelf

By Ashfia Alam    |   Friday, May 26, 2017
In a delicate and deeply empathetic novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni threads the stories of a mother, a daughter, and a granddaughter into a singular piece about love, sorrow, and loss. READ MORE


The Roundup with PW

Denis Johnson, 'Writer's Writer's Writer,' Dead at 67
The award-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright, whose best-known and most influential work, the story collection 'Jesus' Son,' turned 25 this year, has died.
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Title Revealed for Volume One of Pullman’s ‘The Book of Dust’
Knopf has revealed the title of the first volume in Philip Pullman’s highly anticipated new trilogy, The Book of Dust, along with an excerpt.
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Manson Murders Book Due in 2019: The book's author, Tom O’Neill, spent 18 years researching (and interviewing) Charles Manson and prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.

Summer Reads and Novelist-Booksellers: Six fiction writers who own bookstores, including Emma Straub and Louise Erdrich, recommend books to read this summer.

In Defense of Keeping a Journal: The personal and literary merit of cataloging one's life makes the difficulty of doing so consistently worth the effort.

10 Great Books of D.C. Intrigue: Once a swamp, always a swamp—which makes Washington the perfect setting for books about crooks, liars, and spies.

The Pleasures of Literary Pessimism: Why do we read writers who are profoundly pessimistic? And what sense are we to make of their work? Tim Parks investigates.


Sunday, May 28, 2017



Remember: this is a free event. You do not need a ticket - audience members are free to attend when they like and stay as long as they would like. First-come, first-served.
We are delighted to announce more details about our upcoming event at the UCL Festival of Culture: 1984 Live. 1984 Live is a free, all-day reading of 1984 on the site of the inspiration for the Ministry of Truth, staged as an act of subversion in itself.

Two days before an era-defining general election in a moment of political turbulance, Orwell's vision of a dystopian future in which mass surveillance, complete social segregation and isolationist policies define the life of its citizens, will be read out loud in whole for the first time ever in the UK. As politics of fake news, ‘alternative facts’, reframing the truth, and social media’s destruction of ideas about the private self become the norm, the book has never been more prescient.

Nineteen Eighty-Four will be read in full at the building on which Orwell based the Ministry of Truth - Senate House. The full reading, featuring over 50 leading cultural figures will also have immersive staged elements, submerging audiences in the world of Big Brother, IngSoc and The Party. Using projection, and actors from UCL, the audience will be able to absorb the intrigue and horror of 1984.

Presented by the Orwell Foundation and UCL Festival of Culture, the reading is directed by Hannah Price and produced by Libby Brodie Productions.
The reading will also be live-streamed online here

Libraries and Theatres across the country will show the screening and organise satellite events and activities (including in Poole, Leeds, Halton, York, Cardiff and Canterbury – for more information see here).
Readers announced: Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg is a recording artist, performer and activist. His albums include Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, Talking with the Taxman About PoetryDon't Try This at HomeEngland, Half English, and Tooth and Nail. He is the author of Roots, Radicals and Rockers, published by Faber and Faber on 1st June 2017.

Mark Ravenhill
Mark Ravenhill is a playwright, actor and journalist. He has written over 20 plays including Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) and Mother Clap's Molly House (2001). In 2012, he became Writer-in-Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is Associate Director of London's Little Opera House at The King's Head Theatre.

Ece Temelkuran
Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish writer and journalist. She was fired by her editor at the newspaper Milliyet in 2012 for writing a column critical of the Turkish government. She has published 12 books and has been a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute of the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

Further readers include: Richard Blair (Orwell’s son), Alan Johnson MP, award-winning writer Aminatta Forna, journalist Peter Hitchens, Baroness Patience Wheatcroft, broadcaster and historian David Olusoga and activist Jack Monroe.

For more information, click here.

Standing Room Only

Arts stories for 05/28/2017
Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only for 05/28/2017

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.

Full programme details are available on the Standing Room Only webpage

Getting your kit off...for art!

What would possess someone to volunteer to be a life drawing model? If you are an artist, is it all right to talk during class? Zoe George gets model Virginia Kennard to bare all regarding life-drawing classes.
May 28, 2017 02:55 pm

Sarah Quigley's new novel The Suicide Club

Three loners who're struggling to cope with life end up at an institution in Bavaria, The Palace, where experiments are being carried out on people with suicidal tendencies. This is the scenario for The Suicide Club, the latest novel from Berlin-based New Zealand writer, Sarah Quigley. Bright and Gibby are very protective of their friend, Lace, and that protectiveness soon turns to love. But is The Palace going to do them all more harm than good? Lynn Freeman asks Sarah Quigley about tackling the delicate subject of suicide.
May 28, 2017 02:42 pm

Stanley Makuwe's latest play Finding Temeraire

For me being a New Zealander now, I really cherish my nomination for the Adam New Zealand award for me it's a big thing because it made me realise that you can make it here, you can be recognised here in New Zealand.
May 28, 2017 02:25 pm

Screen Gems

Irene Gardiner is looking forward to a long weekend for Queen's Birthday so Simon Morris decided to get in early and look at things Queenly in today's Screen Gems.
May 28, 2017 01:45 pm

Aliens 101

The Industry of Imagination event is into its second year in Wellington bringing together a spectacular line-up of sci-fi, fantasy and pop-surreal artists for a series of events; a conference, exhibitions and masterclasses. One such masterclass is Alien Creatures by Design. Simon Morris speaks to the 'master' himself, Wayne Barlowe.
May 28, 2017 01:30 pm

Ink that doesn't dry.

From a small rehearsal room in Wellington to a world-wide audience of half a million, writer/performer Jacob Rajan and producer Justin Lewis have made their mark like nobody else. After 20 years of Indian Ink - making shows like Krishnan's Dairy, The Candlestick Maker and The Pickle King, Simon Morris finds out if there's still fire in their belly.
May 28, 2017 12:50 pm

Mixing it up at the Wellington Jazz Festival

The upcoming Wellington Jazz Festival boast the usual riches you'd expect - top overseas artists like singer Dianne Reeves, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Dave Wecki, and some stellar local talent like Tammi Neilson and Jonathan Crayford. But even those who're not in the know about jazz, the festival boasts two names will have have heard of. In fact they're probably two of anyone's top ten list of New Zealand musicians - trombonist and big band king, Rodger Fox, and classical pianist Michael Houstoun. Jazz and classical? they talk to Simon Morris about how it all works.
May 28, 2017 12:30 pm

Heroes come in many forms

The Logie Collection of Canterbury University is one of the small miracles of this country - treasures of the Ancient World from classical Greece and Rome, right back to the Bronze Age - 7000 BC. And when the first big earthquake struck Christchurch in September 2010, there were fears that the priceless collection - described as "one of Australasia's finest collections of classical art" would be utterly destroyed. Well it was and it wasn't. The Logie Collection has a brand-new home - the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities - and last week it was proudly displayed in an exhibition called We Could Be Heroes. But it certainly didn't look like it at the time. Simon Morris is joined by Terri Elder and Penny Minchin-Garvin, the co-curators of the museum.
May 28, 2017 12:17 pm

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