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No half measures

July 22, 2012
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No half measures

Scholar, critic, writer and activist Betty Gilderdale has her memoir (My Life in Two Halves) coming out next month. She became  a household name for her Little Yellow Digger books, which have sold more than 350,000 copies, and was also The New Zealand Herald’s children’s book reviewer for 25 years, a lecturer in English at Colleges of...

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New book from University of Canterbury’s Helen Lowe

February 19, 2012
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New book from University of Canterbury’s Helen Lowe

Hachette New Zealand has announced it will publish the second installment in Helen Lowe’s “The Wall of the Night” historical fantasy series. The Gathering of the Lost will be published in April and follows the award-winning The Heir of the Night, which took out the Sir Julius Vogel Award for best novel in 2011. The...

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Poems from the abbatoir

December 23, 2011
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Poems from the abbatoir

Writing poetry probably is not a common pastime for blokes working on the chain at the meatworks – but Terry Lynch is not most blokes. In an interview in The Press in 1995, the meatworker said he was almost scared to go back to work after coming out as a poet. However, his workmates...

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RIP: Frank McCourt

July 20, 2009
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Frank McCourt died today, just a week after his brother Malachy confirmed he was in a New York hospice after contracting meningitis. The 78-year-old was best known for his best-seller and Pulitzer prizewinner Angela’s Ashes.

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The master speaks …

February 6, 2009
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Stephen King has got the teeny-boppers abuzz after sharing his thoughts on JK  Rowling (y’know, the Harry Potter guru) and Stephenie Meyer (yawn, Twilight … dammit, I’m so over hearing about Twilight every 2 minutes).  Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a...

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