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, December 17, 2017
Radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music.
The 2015 attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 people, injured 11 others and sparked demonstrations across Europe in support of free speech. But, says cartoonist rights advocate Terry Anderson, the Hebdo attacks were not at all typical of the kind of threat cartoonists and satirists often live under. Anderson is in Wellington on behalf of Cartoonists Rights Network International and he says abuse by the state is far more common than terror attacks. Dec 17, 2017 02:48 pm
Dark, dystopian and disturbing, artist Ruth Watson's new work Geophagy at COCA examines the challenges of overpopulation and the environmental issues on a planet straining to satisfy our appetites. Dec 17, 2017 02:40 pm
In the late 1950's a group of New Zealand potters decided to get serious about who they were and what they wanted to do. They launched New Zealand Potter magazine and for 40 years, clay artists discussed, advised, reviewed, supported and often argued with each other. Along the way, they built a community. Curator Emma Bugden has edited the first 10 years of this extraordinary magazine in what she calls a "partial archive" and a record of when our potters began to take themselves seriously. An exhibition on the life and work of notable potter Doreen Blumhardt is on at the Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt. Dec 17, 2017 02:20 pm
What sorts of things do people write about? What rises to the top and what sinks out of trace? And most importantly overall, Do we have a New Zealand voice? These are all questions that Auckland academic Erin Mercer gleefully tackles in her latest book. It's called Telling the Real Story which is a bold claim for a writer. Dec 17, 2017 01:45 pm
The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship has been announced, awarding two writers a four-month residency each in the Sargeson Centre in Auckland. They are: Auckland playwright and actor Carl Bland, who will be writing a hostage drama set in a pie shop, and Dunedin poet David Howard, who will be summoning the ghost of Katherine Mansfield for a seance. David has been committed to writing since he was a teenager, but was forced to put his literary future on hold to support a young family - which he did through a successful pyrotechnic career. Justin Gregory speaks to him about poetry, pyrotechnics, and the paranormal. Dec 17, 2017 12:40 pm
They're calling it the Snexit; Basement Theatre's long-serving development manager Sam Sneddon is quitting to go back to acting. It's been six years since Sam agreed to help Charlie McDermott and Sophie Henderson run Auckland's developmental theatre space. In that time, 600 different shows have been through and the Basement has changed from a make-do eyesore to an adaptable and enjoyable place to see a show. But as Sam tells Justin Gregory, he still vividly remembers the early days of the Basement Dec 17, 2017 12:32 pm
Something happened this year to Chinese New Zealand theatre; it broke into the mainstream. Playwright Renee Liang premiered her opera The Bone Feeder at the Auckland Arts Festival. Mei-Linn Hansen's play The Mooncake and the Kumara toured the country and in Auckland, theatre maker Alice Canton brought questions about identity to a big stage with her post-dramatic production, Chinese/Other. Dec 17, 2017 12:30 pm
As job titles go, adventure photographer has got to be right up there. Neil Silverwood has managed to combine his love of dark, remote places like giant cave systems with an extraordinary talent for photography and you’d have to say it has paid off for him. Neil has just been named New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of images shot deep underground. Dec 17, 2017 12:16 pm