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Writer Michael Botur - dirty, real and on the edge

9/16/2017
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Whangarei "Generation Rent" writer Michael Botur taps into his own experiences living 'on the edge' for his latest short story collection, Lowlife. This is the fourth book of short stories by the author, performance poet, columnist and freelance journalist. Michael describes his writing style as 'dirty realism.' As he tells Lynn Freeman, his characters tend to be frustrated with their lives, desperate for work and money, and trying..but failing..to make their lives better.

Duration: 00:09:35


Paul Cleave's A Killer Harvest - through new eyes

9/16/2017
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Top New Zealand crime novelist Paul Cleave's new book seems to be moving towards science fiction - or even horror. In it, teenage boy Joshua receives eye transplants - one from his police officer father and the other from a criminal. The two men died during a shoot out. Then Joshua starts to get contrasting flashbacks, through his two new eyes... It's another disturbing scenario from the internationally renowned writer, and he talks to Lynn Freeman about the inspiration behind the book. A...

Duration: 00:11:47


Rogernomics

9/16/2017
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Rogernomics or neoliberal economics - it had a massive impact on the country, but was that reflected by our writers? Jenny Lawn from Massey University has analysed how New Zealand writers felt about and portrayed those turbulent times in a book called Market Fictions. Some writers offer thinly-veiled literary portraits of Prime Ministers, others portrayed people living on the margins of society. Jenny tells Lynn Freeman that the criticisms came from all sides of the political spectrum....

Duration: 00:23:31


Leonie Trathen - lynchpin of the World of Wearable Art

9/16/2017
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Leonie Trathen started off as a WoW model back when it was just starting almost 30 years ago. These days she's a lynchpin for the whole extravaganza as the World of Wearable Art's Wardrobe Manager. But the title really doesn't do her job justice. Leonie catalogues the hundreds of garments that are selected for the first round of judging, transports the finalist garments to Wellington from WoW's base in Nelson, and wrangles the more than 30 models involved in the show.

Duration: 00:10:47


Casting director Kerry Barden on picking the right face

9/16/2017
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It's a well-known Hollywood proverb: 90 percent of directing is casting. A good cast can make a film, a good role can make a star. One person who knows all about this is LA casting director supreme, Kerry Barden. Kerry's worked on too many films to count - from The Help and American Psycho to Spotlight, Pitch Perfect, and Winter's Bone, starring a then-unknown Jennifer Lawrence. Kerry Barden is about to come to New Zealand as part of the Big Screen Symposium, and he talks to Simon Morris...

Duration: 00:18:27


Sex workers talk about "paying for it" in a new theatre piece

9/16/2017
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A performance based on true stories from past and present New Zealand sex workers promises a candid no-holds-barred insight into the sex industry - one they hope will dispel some of the myths surrounding their profession. Paying For It won a development grant after its first outing at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in March. Its co producers - and sex industry insiders - Blair and Satine (not their real names) have used it to gather more stories which the two of them share with the audience...

Duration: 00:14:04


A night in with Sima Urale

9/16/2017
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Arts collective Kava Club celebrates New Zealand filmmaker Sima Urale, 21 years after the release of her acclaimed film, O Tamaiti. Sima based the film on her own experiences, and the family tragedy is told from the perspective of children. The short, black and white, Samoan language film challenged many Pacific Island stereotypes. Now, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision is marking the film's 21st anniversary with a screening, discussion and party as part of the Siapo Cinema 2017 - An Oceania Film...

Duration: 00:10:46


The Fusebox - adding spark to your writing

9/9/2017
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Writers write about writing - a lot. And around 30 New Zealand novelists, playwrights, essayists, poets and short story writers reflect on their craft in a self-help book called The Fuse Box. Among the topics covered are writer's block... making the most of accidents... how to get started... and holding onto your mojo. Lynn Freeman talks to the book's co-editor Chris Price, and two of the contributors - Raj Chakraborti, who teaches creative writing at Rimutaka Prison, and poet James Brown...

Duration: 00:17:18


Jo Dixey - making embroidery hot again

9/9/2017
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Traditional crafts are back in fashion. There's renewed appreciation for the hand made and bespoke, and that includes embroidery - a skill Aucklander Jo Dixey has brought very much into the 21st century with her streetwise designs and sense of fun. Jo travels the country hosting workshops and in her new book, Stitch People, she gives advice and offers up some projects for new and experienced embroiderers. She tells Lynn Freeman that one of the big reasons for the upsurge in interest...

Duration: 00:09:39


Elspeth Sandys - her life and loves in Swinging London

9/9/2017
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In What Lies Beneath, the first volume of writer Elspeth Sandys' memoirs, she went in search of the facts about her birth parents. Now in Part Two, the novelist and short-story writer finds herself in Swinging England - Elspeth joined the stream of young Kiwis in the 60s and 70s who fled to the UK in search of adventure and opportunities. Casting Off starts in her troublesome teenage years and her first marriage at just 19, and then follows through to her second marriage to actor Bruce...

Duration: 00:14:09


Suffragette story

9/9/2017
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Why aren't next year's celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women winning the right to vote, getting government funding? Hundreds of thousands of tax-payers' dollars have been poured into First and Second World War commemorations over the past few years. Now the Ministry for Women and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are doing a shout out for groups around the country to come up with Suffrage related events. But at this stage, no money's attached. Lynn Freeman...

Duration: 00:09:43


Arthur Meek - from young lover to magic lantern operator

9/9/2017
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Actor and playwright Arthur Meek can now add "Trained Magic Lantern Showman" to his resume. He's done power-point presentations before, notably in the play On the conditions and possibilities of Helen Clark (and later, Hilary Clinton!) taking me as her young lover. But the Victorian Magic Lantern is something else again. Arthur travelled to America especially to learn the art for his new production, Erewhon Revisited, which premieres this week at the Christchurch Arts Festival. As Lynn...

Duration: 00:14:48


Four decades of photographer Laurence Aberhart

9/9/2017
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Laurence Aberhart developed his photographic skills in Christchurch, and many of his early images from four decades ago are going on show in the city's Art Gallery. Laurence is best-known for his black and white images, but the exhibition Aberhart Starts Here includes some rare large-format polaroids he took between 1979 and 1980. They and hundreds of other photographs were packed up when he moved from Lyttleton to Russell in the far north, 34 years ago. Now senior curator Lara Strongman has...

Duration: 00:13:58


Screen Gems - the great music documentaries

9/2/2017
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Irene Gardiner talks to Lynn Freeman about some of the great documentaries about rock and roll - including ones about Fleetwood Mac, Split Enz, Nick Cave, the Flying Nun label, and a new one about outrageous Wellington rockers Head Like A Hole.

Duration: 00:09:56


One dark night outside Masterton...

9/2/2017
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A man in a flash car stops to offer a drenched young woman a lift in the dark, on the outskirts of Masterton, and Tess, though wary, takes up the offer. But her decision has consequences - for herself, for the driver and for his disfunctional family. Tess is the first novel by Wellington short-story writer Kirsten McDougall. She talks to Lynn Freeman about how her own disquieting experiences were woven into the book. Tess is published by Victoria University Press.

Duration: 00:12:53


Relocating Katya to post-war America - it works!

9/2/2017
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Setting the classic Russian opera Kátya Kabanová in 1950s America is a risk - but one its star says works like crazy. Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova is performing here for the first time, but she's played the role several times - including in the Seattle premiere of this interpretation of Janácek's opera earlier this year. Kátya Kabanová tells of a passionate young woman stifled by a conservative society. Lynn Freeman asks Dina what updating operas in this way adds to them. The New...

Duration: 00:11:34


Alice Canton asks "What is being Chinese?"

9/2/2017
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Members of Auckland's New Zealand Chinese community are being invited up onto Q Theatre's stage to tell their personal stories. They range from high school students to grandparents... performers through to a women's refuge worker. Alice Canton wants her new documentary theatre piece OTHER (chinese) to ask some big questions - What is Chinese? What is being Chinese? What is not Chinese? It follows a solo play she performed last year WHITE/OTHER, that also looked hard at Chinese identity in...

Duration: 00:12:06


The murder that stunned Hamilton

9/2/2017
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25 years ago the murder of visiting English tourist Margery Hopegood in Hamilton, stunned the city and the country. She'd only been back in the country of her birth for just four days. The murder was huge news and the people of Hamilton turned out in their hundreds to a memorial service for a woman none of them know. But behind the headlines was the real story - the subject of Nicola Pauling's new play She Danced On A Friday, which premieres at Hamilton's Meteor Theatre this week. Wellington...

Duration: 00:18:28


Audio taonga comes to light 80 years on

9/2/2017
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The oldest recorded Maori broadcast - dating back to March 1938 at Turangawaewae marae, in Ngaruawahia - is one of the prize recordings in the first of four on-line exhibitions by Nga Taonga Sound & Vision. The archive wants to highlight its Nga Taonga Korero collection of recordings of tupuna made between the 1930s and the 1980s. Lynn Freeman talks to Honiana Love and Lawrence Wharerau from Nga Taonga Sound and Vision about how the original recordings came about.

Duration: 00:11:16


The Art of Rod Emmerson

9/2/2017
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In the past few weeks New Zealand Herald Editorial Cartoonist Rod Emmerson has been racing to keep up with the rapidly changing pre-election political scene. While coming up with a cartoon portrayal of new Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and setting aside former Greens co-leader Metiria Turei, Rod's also been working on his first art exhibition in 17 years. His background was fine arts, but a cartoonist's punishing daily deadlines haven't left him much time or energy to paint for pleasure. Rod...

Duration: 00:22:43

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