Sunday, November 12, 2017

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This week's stories

Vanishing Points

As her vision fades, New Zealand's first Poet Laureate seems to see the world more clearly. Michele Leggott, who received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2013 has just published Vanishing Points - a collection of poetry and prose. It's also the third in a series of books where she reflects on her family history. She talks to Lynn Freeman.
Nov 12, 2017 02:40 pm

The Beat of The Pendulum

Media headlines, social media posts, snatches of conversations - they're all part of the mix in the latest novel by writer Catherine Chidgey. The Beat of the Pendulum she describes as a "Found Novel." She tells Lynn Freeman that it's involved a year of gathering all the material she could, then honing it right down and structuring it in a way that tells a story.
Nov 12, 2017 02:25 pm

Earthquakes In London

Lynn Freeman caught up with Australian theatre director Katy Maudlin who is in Auckland at the moment working on a cautionary tale called Earthquakes in London. Mike Bartlett's play spans 1968 to 2025. It's about sustainability and climate change, and while it's now 7 years old, it's probably even more relevant now than ever.
Nov 12, 2017 01:50 pm

Making Light of Time

The most prolific partnership on our classical music scene, composer Ross Harris and poet Vincent O'Sullivan have been pouring out operas, songs, oratorios, even symphonies for some 13 years now after their first meeting at Victoria University. This collaboration has now been marked with a new CD - Making Light of Time with the songs performed by Jenny Wollerman. Charlotte Wilson spoke to Jenny, Ross and Vincent to find out what makes them click.
Nov 12, 2017 01:30 pm

Furiously frantic filmmaking

It's become one of the biggest - and most frenetic - events on the New Zealand film calendar - the annual 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE, where teams from all over the country are given specific themes, genres and props and a very limited time to make a movie. Simon Morris speaks to winners Lauren Porteous, Hayden Weal, and organisers Ruth Korver and Vanessa Patea.
Nov 12, 2017 12:43 pm

Portage Ceramic Awards winner Richard Stratton

The Portage Ceramic Awards have long been considered indicative of the health of ceramic arts in Aotearoa. The Awards, hosted be Te Uru, showcase the best in contemporary work and provide a platform for discussion and development for the ceramics community. The Premier Award went to Wellington artist Richard Stratton who's been working internationally as a ceramics afrtist since he graduated from the Otago School of Arts in 1992. His winning entry is called Forced turn teapot - which the judges described as a "deconstructed teapot inspired by historical ceramic practices". Richard Stratton joins Simon Morris in the RNZ studio.
Nov 12, 2017 12:30 pm

Waru through the lens

The New Zealand feature film Waru not only required eight, often quite inexperienced, female Maori directors to each come up with a 10-minute story, but each story had to be filmed in just one shot. Simon Morris talks with Director of Photography, Drew Sturge, and camera operator Simon Tutty about the challenges and the successes of the film.
Nov 12, 2017 12:15 pm

A new eclecticism

New Zealand's design landscape is starting to reflect our multiculturalism. Four designers discuss how their cultural heritage inspires and challenges them and why being 'different' is an asset.
Nov 10, 2017 05:00 pm

Older stories

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Peter's got a brand-new wolf!
Anthony Morris: 50 years of pots and ceramics
Cities of Literature get together in Dunedin
Dane Mitchell will represent NZ at the next Venice Biennale
A first-hand account of the sharp end of World War One
A new vision of Gordon Walters
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