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.
An exhibition called Freefall is Dunedin's famous Hocken Collection's contribution to the city's Writers and Readers Festival this week. It's a tribute to words - with paintings by Colin McCahon and Ralph Hotere, of course - but also historic documents and letters, a Block Map from 1844 and Flying Nun posters from the 1980s. Simon Morris talks with the Head Curator of the Hocken's Pictorial Collection, Robyn Notman. The exhibition Freefall opened at Dunedin's Hocken Gallery yesterday, and the Gallery is open every day except Sunday from 10 o'clock. May 07, 2017 02:50 pm
What motivates people to shoplift - even if they can afford the items they whisk into their pockets or bags? And how do people who've loyally worked somewhere for years, even decades, cope when it is shut down? These are two of the pressure points novelist Damien Wilkins puts his store detective protagonist, Amy under in his latest book, Lifting. Cutty's is the oldest department store in the country, but its long reign is over. The weeks leading up to its final sale are chaotic - and so is Amy's home life with a baby she's struggling to bond with, a mother's who's ill and bills to pay. Damien Wilkins tells Lynn Freeman about his own life of juvenile crime. May 07, 2017 02:40 pm
The gift of a massive bronze Maori storehouse from New Zealand to the United Nations is one step closer after being unveiled at Te Puia earlier this week. At almost four metres high and weighing nearly four tonnes, it takes the form of a whatarangi, where the most precious taonga, or treasures, of a tribe would traditionally be stored. The idea came about as a demonstration of support from Aotearoa for the UN Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but it wasn't without its difficulties. Jacob West spoke to Karl Johnstone, the project director for Maori Tu. May 07, 2017 02:28 pm
Set in 1930's Hamilton, the play One Hill of a Fight , tells the story of a borough engineers fight to remove a hill that blocked the center of the city. Simon Morris speaks to the show's producer, Russell Armitage and the writer of One Hill of a Fight, Michael Switzer. May 07, 2017 01:48 pm
Last week we spoke to the New Zealand Film Commission CEO Dave Gibson about a new initiative to bring more producers to the fore. A to Z of Producing is a course being run by top Australian producer, Sue Maslin, and I was very interested to find out what sort of person is being attracted to it, and what their plans are for the next wave of New Zealand films. May 07, 2017 01:31 pm
As New Zealand country artists are finding it increasingly difficult to find an outlet for their music at home, more and more are finding success overseas. Simon Morris talks to Aly Cook, from Nelson about the success of her single Western Line in Australia and her new series called Kiwi Country - being broadcast in the UK and the US - which highlights the vast country music talent we have as a nation. May 07, 2017 12:50 pm