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Pearson biography funded

Paul Millar of Wellington has won the 2003 Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL) Writer’s Award to work on a biography of writer Bill Pearson. The $35,000 non-fiction award will allow Dr Millar to scale down his work as senior lecturer in

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Flashing and fizzing, David Hill

Brilliance Anthony McCarten Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415515 A man of the people David Geary Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0864734409 Two Kiwi lads make good. That’s if you treat noun one and adjectives two-through-three elastically enough. Both these writers “divide

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Wish you were here, Jane Westaway

On Blue Ice – A Not Very Brave Journey to Antarctica Kim Griggs Random House, $26.95, ISBN 1869415760 Travels with my Mother Peter Calder Tandem, $29.95, ISBN 1877298093 The most memorable travel books don’t merely transport you to foreign parts,

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Who are we writing for? Chris Else

Chris Else examines the literary contradictions between local content and global success   I work in the creative writing industry. I teach courses, write assessments and act as a literary mentor. I believe in what I do. My advice has

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“An unknown struthious bird”, Kim Griggs

Moa: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of a Giant Bird Richard Wolfe Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018736 When in London, lovers of the footnotes to history construct unusual itineraries. Many head down to the Maritime Museum at Greenwich to marvel

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The nicknaming, David Geary

New fiction Every year has a Snozz = big nose, a Bones = skinny, BO = smelly, and a Cheebie Whopper. A cheebie is a chin. To be a true Cheebie Whopper you need a massive jaw, like Clutch Cargo,

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Letters — Issue 61

Hobson & co Dr Moon’s astounding personal attack on me in the Correspondence column of your October issue,  following my review in August of his Path to the Treaty book, sadly demands a response. An “extraordinarily laconic” review? Well, there

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Poem — J C Sturm

Spring Dreams   With two cats on his lap a fond woman at his side (sure she’s not a blond can’t recall her teens but still able enough and most times willing) he could be mildly happy, mourns instead the

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Getting by with a little help, Nelson Wattie

It Looks Better on You: New Zealand Women Writers on their Friendships ed Jane Westaway and Tessa Copland Longacre, $34.95, ISBN 1877135828 We’re unlikely to find a better definition of “friend” than the one in Lennon and McCartney’s famous lines:

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On the whale’s back, Miro Bilbrough

Miro Bilbrough on Whale Rider the movie   I was unusually wary, seeing Whale Rider for the first time.   was in the editing stages of a short feature film, a peculiarly sensitive time to see someone else’s film. Sequestered

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