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.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Standing Room Only
Radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music.
Each year Wanaka hosts Aspiring Conversations - a mix of topics and of New Zealand and international speakers. In 2017 one of those topical conversations was about bikes. They're in the news a lot these days, with cities trying to find a way for cyclists and motorists to live together in harmony, and also the growing demand for electric bikes. Laura Williamson is a Wanaka writer who edits the New Zealand mountain bike magazine Spoke and has written The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand. Joining her - and filling in for long time cyclist Sir Lloyd Geering who had planned to talk about his book On Me Bike cycling Round New Zealand 80 years Ago.....was Scarlett Hagan, former junior world champion mountain biker who's now running a Bike School based in Dunedin. Lynn Freeman spoke to them both during last year's Festival of Colour. Jan 28, 2018
It's for the Creative NZ writer's residency in Berlin, the latest in several residencies that she has held as far as the universities of Iowa (2004) and Hong Kong (2006) as well as all around New Zealand. Recent publications of hers include As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry, a collection of her poetry, plays and short prose that was launched at the LA Book Fair in February 2017: her Diary as a Positive in Female Adult Behavior has been translated into Polish, and her plays are performed around the world. It's writing that highlights the fantastic and miraculous in everyday experience, and she has won numerous awards for it, from the 1998 NZ Poetry Society International Poetry prize to the Bruce Mason award. She also has a love for secrets. Her first novel was entitled Secret City (2003) and on this residency she is investigating her mother's secret life in Germany as a young woman, in the years before the second world war - a secret that not even her own family knew about… Jan 28, 2018
Gisborne's Tairāwhiti Museum has big plans for next year's 250th commemorations of Captain Cook's landing, the first meeting between Maori and Europeans and the bigger story of what happened before and afterwards. The small museum's already gone through several years of big changes including an extension, renovation of the earliest remaining settler's cottage on the grounds and better protection for its taonga in storage. Lynn Freeman met museum director Eloise Wallace at Tairāwhiti Museum to find out what they have planned for 2019, and what makes it special. Jan 28, 2018
In a matter of weeks Te Papa will do the big reveal for its new art gallery space, spanning two floors of the museum. One of the exhibitions selected to launch the new space is a 30 year retrospective by Wellington jeweller, Lisa Walker, who uses unconventional materials to fashion remarkable jewellery. We're talking seriously unconventional...from outdated cell phones to taxidermied ducklings and a host of other curiosities. Lisa honed her craft while living in Germany. Her work is now in many private and public collections and sold around the world, and she tells us about it in the middle of the Island Bay studio space that she shares with her jeweller husband Karl Fritsch. Jan 28, 2018
Almost 20 years ago now, Park Road Post forged its name on the international scene working on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Their big project this year is Mortal Engines, but just as close to their heart is one on the intimate art film end of the spectrum, which they worked on a part of an international crew back in 2015, and is only now getting the international release they believe it deserves. It's a special animated Islamic film called Balal: A New Breed of Hero, about the little boy who was abducted into slavery, but held onto his dreams and fought for freedom - and not just his own. Jan 28, 2018