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New Gen artist Hera Lindsay Bird

10/19/2017
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She's already one of New Zealand's highest profile poets, and now her distinctive upfront style sees Hera Lindsay Bird named as a 2017 Arts Foundation New Generation Artist, receiving $25,000 along with it. It's the latest accolade for the young Wellington poet, whose debut self-titled book of verse won best first book of poetry at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Duration: 00:12:27


Screen Gems: favourite horror scenes

10/14/2017
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Fur is controversial in the fashion industry and wearing it today is a statement of nothing more than excess. The controversy lies not only in the hands of the designers producing it, but also those who are buying garments made from fur. Dunedin-based Jane Avery is an unashamed advocate of fur, but says doing it sustainably and ethically is what matters most.

Duration: 00:11:21


The gap between New Zealand and Australian writers

10/14/2017
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Australia may be our nearest neighbour and traditional sporting rival, but while sports teams regularly cross the Tasman, that's less the case with our writers. So why the literary gulf between our nations? That's the subject of a panel being held at the Tauranga Arts Festival on the 21st and 22nd of October.

Duration: 00:12:01


Alex Taylor

10/14/2017
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Alex Taylor is the music director and writer of the show The Winterreise Project. He's also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, critic, lecturer, conductor, singer and impresario. Lynn Freeman first asked Alex about Schubert's original Wintereisse cycle.

Duration: 00:12:25


Are Yous OK?

10/14/2017
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Gina uses found objects and domestic materials to create her work, like a mattress with broken glass embedded into it - something comfortable, made truly uncomfortable. She tells Lynn Freeman Are Yous Ok? also includes te reo maori to make another point.

Duration: 00:10:27


From Wales to Pike River

10/14/2017
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The 50th anniversary of a mining disaster in Wales, is about to have its New Zealand premiere. Sir Karl Jenkins wrote Cantata Memoria - For the Children of Aberfan. That's where a dislodged mountain of mine waste engulfed a primary school, killing 116 children and 28 adults. "Benedictus" from The Armed Man, which is being dedicated to the victims and families of the Pike River mine disaster.

Duration: 00:10:38


Nothing up their sleeves - the fascination with stage magic

10/14/2017
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Lynn Freeman talks to the producer of The Magicians stage show, magician Nopera Whitley who also owns this country's biggest magic shop and to Scottish mind-reader Colin Cloud from Scotland.

Duration: 00:15:36


The return of the notorious Burgess Gang

10/14/2017
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The play Maungatapu is about to premiere in Nelson, where the gang members were tried and hung. The play explores the relationships between gang members Burgess, Kelly, Levy and Sullivan, from plotting the murders through to their last moment.

Duration: 00:12:59


Lynley Dodd: The return of Hairy McLary's nemesis.

10/7/2017
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Be very afraid - New Zealand's most famous ferocious feline is back. Lynley Dodd's Scarface Claw has scared and delighted kids for decades now. Usually Hairy MacLary takes centre stage in the internationally popular children's stories, but in Hold Tight, Scarface Claw goes on an adventure - not, however, willingly. His trip on top of a car is inspired by true stories.

Duration: 00:11:21


Whatever happened to Grace Butler?

10/7/2017
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Grace Butler is an all but forgotten early 20th century Canterbury female painter. Now her name's been given to a new art residency set up by her family. Dr Warren Feeney is involved in the Trust managing the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award for Canterbury artists. He explains to Lynn Freeman what made her special.

Duration: 00:08:23


Rosanna Raymond - Pasifika artist in New York

10/7/2017
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Rosanna Raymond is an artist, curator, researcher, and founder of the SaVAge K'lub and is a long time member of the art collective Pacific Sisters. For the past few months Rosanna's been far from home, at the New York Metropolitan Museum researching its collections. Rosanna talks about her work - home and away - at Te Papa when she delivers the 2017 Peter Turner Memorial lecture on October 11.

Duration: 00:09:20


Bird Words

10/7/2017
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From moa to chickens - there's a new anthology of New Zealand writing about native and introduced birds. Elisabeth Easther has researched historic books and poetry collections as well as asking contemporary writers for contributions. The writers range from Denis Glover, Hone Tuwhare and Janet Frame to Steve Braunias, Sam Hunt and Elisabeth's mother, Shirley Maddock.

Duration: 00:13:22


Shared Lines - art after an earthquake

10/7/2017
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Wellington's about to host a symposium called Shared Lines, inviting artists from Japan, Kaikoura and Christchurch to talk about their experiences and their art.

Duration: 00:12:02


The rise of art crime

10/7/2017
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Associate Professor Linda Tyler from the University of Auckland is one of the guest speakers at the Art Crime Symposium in Wellington. She's particularly interested in counterfeit Chinese porcelain in New Zealand. She should know, she owns quite a few fake Ming ceramics purchased over the years. These days she can tell the real thing from a mass produced fake, but most of us don't have that expertise.

Duration: 00:14:46


Mangaweka - forgery capital on New Zealand

10/7/2017
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It's the unofficial capital of Fakes and Forgeries in New Zealand - Mangaweka, in the heart of the Manawatu. It was once the home of our most famous - or infamous - art forger, Karl Sim - or "Carl Goldie" as he liked to sign himself! The Mangaweka Gallery has embraced the town's reputation with a biennial competition for Fakes and Forgeries. And it's being put together by the Gallery owner, Richard Aslett.

Duration: 00:11:01


Brannavan Gnanalingam's Sodden Downstream

9/30/2017
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In Tamil-New Zealander Brannavan Gnanalingam's latest novel, a refugee is desperate to get to Wellington City from the Hutt Valley, despite a 'once-in-a-century' flood. The roads are blocked and there's no public transport. But If Sita doesn't get into the CBD she could lose her zero-hours cleaning job. She's also under pressure at home with an out-of-work husband and a demanding and difficult son. Sodden Downstream is the name of Brannavan's novel, which he tells Lynn Freeman had its...

Duration: 00:11:02


The powerful miniatures of Lina Marsh

9/30/2017
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In October 2019, we will commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first contact between tangata whenua and Captain James Cooks' Endeavour at Te Tairawhiti. Gisborne commemorates that meeting with various mini-events this month in an event called Te Ha. One of the artists involved is Niuean-Maori object artist Lina Marsh. Lina's a painter, a weaver, and also uses the crochet, knitting, and sewing skills taught to her by her mother and nana. As she explains to Lynn Freeman, many of her small...

Duration: 00:08:49


Gavin Bishop's Biggest Picture Book Ever?

9/30/2017
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New Zealand's history, present and possible future is told in Christchurch illustrator and writer Gavin Bishop's most ambitious children's book yet. Aotearoa The New Zealand Story starts 65 million years ago, pictures well-known New Zealanders in war and peace, and shows some famous sites and disasters. And he manages to end on a hopeful note, despite warnings about polluted waterways, and species facing extinction. Gavin Bishop will be one of the guest speakers at the Storylines National...

Duration: 00:14:07


The multi-faceted Mardo El-Noor

9/30/2017
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Artist and designer Mardo El-Noor collaborates just as naturally with music groups like Opshop and the Modern Maori Quartet as he does with cartoonists like Tom Scott. He's made short films and music videos, he takes documentary photographs, and he's one of many artists who divide their time between the advertising industry and visual arts scene. Mardo was accepted into ART Venture 2016 - an acceleration programme for experienced creative entrepreneurs working in Auckland. Lynn Freeman...

Duration: 00:09:33


Cat Ruka and a fiery dance collective called Coven

9/30/2017
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For 14 years the Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland has reflected the New Zealand dance scene, bringing together emerging and mid-career dancers in every conceivable dance genre. Choreographer and teacher Cat Ruka has a long association with Tempo, first as a dancer performing headline-grabbing political works. Now she's mentoring the dance collective Coven which is putting on a show called Inferno, blending Dante's "circles of fire" with Pacific stories around fire. Cat talks to Lynn...

Duration: 00:10:18

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