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Excisions, Alan Roddick

Charles Brasch’s literary executor Alan Roddick explains the afterlife of Brasch’s journals (more…)
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Thanks

New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa would like to offer a huge vote of thanks to Pauline and Peter Russell, who between them have acted as proofreaders for the quarterly for nearly 20 years. Proofreading requires much more than…
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Notes on an ending, Elspeth Sandys

Novelist and memoirist Elspeth Sandys reflects on the need and use of endnotes We are all familiar with the conversation about the relation between fiction and non-fiction. “I write fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography. I write autobiography and I’m…
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Is the book launch dead? Graeme Lay

Comment Auckland novelist Graeme Lay muses upon book launches past, present and future. There was a time when a book, upon publication, had to be launched. The venue was usually a much-loved bookshop, chosen in the hope that love for…
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Dancing with facts

Broadcaster and documentary maker Justin Gregory reflects on James McNeish’s “portrait” of John Mulgan. In 1994, James McNeish wrote, narrated and produced a feature-length radio programme on a man he described as perhaps the “darkest” of New Zealand’s “dark horses”:…
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Headland: Literary frontiers

Liesl Nunns, co-founding editor of the digital literary journal Headland, describes the opportunities of digital publication. On a March morning in 2014, stirred up by Professor Dame Anne Salmond’s speech at the International Women’s Day breakfast at Parliament, Laura McNeur…
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Responsible writing

Writer Fleur Beale considers what’s difficult and desirable in books for YA readers. The answer to the question of what responsibility writers may or may not have to their teenage readers in essence for me is to write a damn…
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On a global stage

Peter Dowling, president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), reports back from the recent Bologna Children’s Book Fair. (more…)
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The Alexander Turnbull Library turns 100

Sarah Knox (Assistant Chief Librarian) and Fiona Oliver (Curator New Zealand and Pacific Publications) of the Alexander Turnbull Library | National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa commemorate a most generous gift. The library came into being…
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Comment: At the Robert Lord cottage

Novelist and memoirist Elspeth Sandys reflects on her recent residency I am a cottage-phile. The very word cottage starts bells chiming in my head, church bells probably, since the words that come to me are Robert Browning’s “God’s in his…
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