Monday, June 26, 2017

Standing Room Only

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This week's stories

Botanical art

Botanical illustration's enjoying a renaissance at the moment, including here in New Zealand which is taking part in an international botanical art exhibition. Each country's working on a show highlighting indigenous plants. We have a wealth to choose from, and a group of enthusiastic illustrators working on submissions for the exhibition. The American Society of Botanical Artists came up with the idea and the event will mark the first Botanical Art Day on May 18th, 2018. Lynn Freeman gathers together three artists with very different styles, but with a shared love of flora - Lesley Alexander, Sue Wickison and Sandra Morris.
Jun 25, 2017 03:08 pm

Apirana Taylor's new novel is about love on the dole

He's kept us waiting a very long time for his second novel, but Apirana Taylor says he wanted to take his time on his love story of two people living on the fringe of society. While Mack and Puti are people most of us would rather not think about - their love for each other teeters on hate and violence at times. But despite ourselves, we end up caring about them. Apirana is best known as a poet, short story writer, storyteller, painter and actor. He tells Lynn Freeman that the title of the new novel, 'Five Strings', refers to a guitar the odd couple own in their rundown room. Five Strings is published by Anahera.
Jun 25, 2017 02:27 pm

The Laugh Track - Anya Tate-Manning

Actor, writer and political satirist Anya Tate-Manning is best known for the regular satirical show she does with her partner, James Nokise - Public Service Announcements. She's about to do a run of Hudson and Halls at Q Theatre. Her picks include French and Saunders, Josie Long, Ismo Leikola and The Muppets.
Jun 25, 2017 02:06 pm

2 million hits - Pot Luck has nothing to do with it!

The proliferation of TV platforms has opened up the world of small-screen drama like never before. But behind the new Golden Age of edgy drama and neo-noir, there's interesting stuff happening in miniature on the web - like a Kiwi web-series called Pot Luck. It's a sort of cross between Friends and Transparent - the story of three lesbian friends who each week face certain challenges. It's already a global mini-hit - 2 million views and counting. Simon Morris talks to Pot Luck's creators - producer Robin Murphy and writer-director Ness Simons. You can watch the whole of Series One here.
Jun 25, 2017 01:47 pm

Photo-journalist Paula Bronstein and the forgotten war

Her photograph of a grieving Afghan woman gently holding a toddler who could be sleeping or might be dead, has won American photojournalist Paula Bronstein her latest international award. "The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War" took out the Singles Daily Life category in the World Press Photo Exhibition, which is about to open in Auckland. Lynn Freeman asked Paula Bronstein - who spends much of her life in war zones - for the story behind the striking image. The photograph was taken for Getty Images, and the World Press Photo Exhibition opens on the 1st of July at Smith and Caughey's in Auckland.
Jun 25, 2017 01:35 pm

Healing quake-torn Kaikoura with music

Music we know is a great healer, and members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra have just been to quake-hit Kaikoura to play for children and for people who're struggling. Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Team invited five CSO musicians to perform for local schools, for residents in the Kaikoura Health Facility, and the wider community during the week. CSO first violin Cathy Irons talks to Lynn Freeman about the experience.
Jun 25, 2017 12:50 pm

Colonial furniture restored to life

Dunedin's Larnarch Castle was effectively stripped of its furniture about a hundred years ago. But one of its hand crafted bookcases is about to be returned - albeit smaller than when it left. Colonial furniture expert and restorer Dr William Cottrell came across the bookcase in a Christchurch second hand shop, its provenance long since forgotten. He bought it and is in the final stages of restoring it to its former glory, before returning it to its grand home on the Otago Peninsula. Lynn Freeman visited William's big new woodworking shed in Lower Hutt.
Jun 25, 2017 12:12 pm

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