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.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Auckland Arts Festival
AWARD-WINNING URBAN THRILLER PREMIERE
Four years ago Hone Kouka’s mother laid down a
challenge to her playwright son: “She said to me, 'We're
hurting our babies, you gotta do something about this'.” Already an award-winning production, with Hone
picking up the 2015 Adam NZ Play Award, and featuring an
all-star New Zealand cast, Bless
The Child is an edge-of-seat urban thriller
and unflinching social commentary.
Five projects feature in the 2018 Whānui programme
with activities taking place with communities across Auckland
themed around inter-generational collaboration. Projects include a sculpture installation, an
outdoor mural preserving the stories of yesterday, documentary
theatre exploring the process of ageing through the eyes of
young people, a performance highlighting traditional Sāmoan
oratory customs and contemporary hip hop lyricism, and four
days of “artivism” in response to the impact of housing
redevelopment in Tāmaki.
New Zealand's favourite science superhero Nanogirl
(played by real life nanotechnologist Dr Michelle
Dickinson) and her trusty lab assistant Boris are back for ONE
SHOW ONLY: Nanogirl
vs The Elements on Sat 3 March. Hold onto your seats and get ready for an
explosive adventure of huge adrenaline filled experiments
demonstrating the power of science like you've never seen
before! Nanogirl vs The Elements is presented by
thinkScience and sponsored by The
University of Auckland.
Not just a superb dance work, Akram Khan’s Giselle,
features an “ominous, gothic” score (The Observer) using
hybrid electronics and a full orchestra. Composer Vincenzo Lamagna talks about
adapting Adolphe Adam’s original score for this new production.
Performed live in Auckland by the Auckland Philharmonia
Orchestra under English National Ballet Music Director Gavin
Sutherland. Coming direct to Auckland Arts Festival from
London, this is a once-in-a lifetime chance to see this
We're pulling out all the stops to cater for
people with access needs with performances for people who are
blind or have low vision, Deaf or hard of hearing, or those
with an Autism Spectrum Conditor, sensory and communication
disorders or a learning difficulty. A special ticket price
of $20 each applies for patrons with access needs and one companion.
In the misty tea estates of Ceylon in 1890, two
half-brothers, Ravi, a tea plantation worker, and Bala, an
office clerk have different outlooks on the future
... rehearsals for Ahi Karunaharan's sweeping saga Tea
began this week in Auckland. Weaving a tale of legacies,
prophecies and love, the play has its world premiere season at
Q Theatre 9-18 March.