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The Writer's Diet04/25/15
Flabby writing, says English Professor Helen Sword, is weighed down with passives, prepositions, be-verbs and waste words. So she's written her own slim book with tips for writers wanting to hone their craft. She's called it The Writer's Diet....
One Summer in Venice
Happiness is very 'in' at the moment; on Facebook for example, people are encouraged to post something that makes them happy every day for 100 days. In her latest novel, One Summer in Venice, Auckland writer Nicky Pellegrino sends middle-aged Dolly...
Conductor and composer Christian Lindberg
He's been voted one of the Brass Players of the 20th century, an honour he shares with Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. Now Christian Lindberg has a growing reputation as a conductor and composer. Swedish-born Christian is currently in Norway working...
A month-long creative event at Victoria University sets out to translate conflict into art as part of the First World War Centenary commemorations. Entrenchments 2015 uses technology, social media and visual art to reinterpret written texts and...
German theatre director Uta Plate
She's worked with marginalised young people around the world - including asylum-seekers, children in care and prisoners for 20 years. But German theatre director Uta Plate wasn't prepared for the hopelessness many young people in New Zealand told her...
Bid for Venice Biennale
We look ahead to New Zealand's bid to attract international attention at this year's Venice Biennale... all up almost one and a half million dollars of taxpayer and private money is backing Simon Denny's take on five eyes and mass surveillance. The...
Artist Stanley Palmer has a personal connection to the Gallipoli campaign of 100 years ago. His father and uncle both served in the campaign, and Stanley went to Gallipolli last year with other New Zealand and Australian artists, filmmakers and...
Rich Man Road
Ann Glamuzina has drawn on her Dalmatian family history for her debut novel, Rich Man Road. The former lawyer is based in Auckland but still has extended family living in Croatia. In the novel we hear from an elderly Dalmatian nun about her early life...
Emily Perkins' First Play
Novelist Emily Perkins has penned her first play. She's updated Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and set it in contemporary New Zealand. This new version will premiere at the end of the month in a production by the Auckland Theatre Company. Of course any...
Sound artist and sound designer Jason Wright can put his hand to pretty much anything in his chosen field. You can hear his work on stage, in art galleries and in other spaces. He works across sonic arts, composition, installation and live...
A new bank in Auckland has just opened where how you feel is more important than how much you have. Moodbank in Wynyard Quarter is an art project-slash-ATM where you can deposit your mood, not your money. Artist Vanessa Crowe, one of the team behind...
Te Pou Whare
In the 1980s and 90s Wellington's Taki Rua theatre showed the value of having a theatre space showcasing Maori live performance. It's been a long wait for a replacement venue after the theatre closed in 1998. The new space is based not in the capital...
Sally Stockwell's Weightless
ctor turned singer/songwriter Sally Stockwell called on the talents of her brother, musician and music producer Ben when she started work on her first album. But when he died while they were working on the jazz/cabaret influenced album, Sally wrote...
Portrait artist Susan Wilson
Expat portrait artist Susan Wilson has a style that tends to be polarising. She's not into painting flattering images of her sitters
Bridget van der Zijpp
In her new novel In The Neighbourhood of Fame, Bridget Van Der Zijpp introduces us to a once famous musician who's now pottering in his suburban garden but still revered by his community for his one-hit-wonder.
Singin' In The Rain
The West End is coming to Wellington and Auckland in the form of musical comedy Singin' In The Rain.
Chimp: Wellington Zoo's Artist in Residence
Ash Sisson A.K.A Chimp may be underplaying his talent, but at eighteen years of age he proves that youth isn’t, and should never be a barrier to success.
Architecture inspired by literature
Lloyd Jones' Mr Pip was about the power of literature in a country and culture that had very little knowledge or interest in it.
It won't come as a surprise to anyone with kids that they're spending a lot of time surfing through YouTube. So where does that leave traditional outlets for young people, particularly on TV?
Artist Michael Tuffery
Artist Michael Tuffery hopes his latest project will get Pacific Island people talking about the World Wars and their impact on the islands, communities and families.
- Wellington, New Zealand