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Part of the democratic pantomime: An edited transcript of the 1993 Shelley Lecture, Margaret Mahy

Some years ago I wrote a children’s story called A Work of Art in which a woman made a particularly beautiful cake. Two gentlemen, proprietors of an inner-city art gallery, see it through the window, and ask if they may

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Objects that look like books, Brian Easton

Performance Without Profit: The Voluntary Welfare Sector in New Zealand Gary Hawke and David Robinson (eds), Institute of Policy Studies, $25.00 Women and Taxation Claudia Scott (ed), Institute of Policy Studies, $25.00 From Birth to Death III Judith Davey, Institute

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Ships that can sink without trace, Roger Robinson

The Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories C K Stead (ed), Faber & Faber, distributed in New Zealand by Penguin, $39.95 This is the riskiest review I’ve done since I got stuck with The Satanic Verses. Worse, really; I’d

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Right up there with Frame and McCahon, John Roberts

Jane Campion (dir), The Piano   At irregular, generally long, intervals, works of great force emerge from the ruck of creative aspiration. They mark a new manifestation of the power inherent in different forms of art. They challenge comfortable assumptions

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Rich and disturbing detail, Lydia Wevers

The Sky People and Other Stories Patricia Grace, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories Owen Marshall, John McIndoe, $19.95 The Foreign Woman Fiona Kidman, Vintage, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson,

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Noticeboard, March 1994: Mahy Lecture award

Betty Gilderdale has won the 1994 Margaret Mahy lecture award, offered annually by the New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation for a distinguished and significant contribution to children’s literature, publishing or literacy. Betty Gilderdale is a foundation member of the Children’s

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The same old plot, Colleen Reilly

Like You, Really Kate Flannery, Penguin Books, $24.95 The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep Vivienne Plumb, Otago University Press, $24.95 Best Friends Elspeth Sandys, David Ling, $19.95 All the Tenderness Left in the World Stephanie Johnson, Otago University

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Punditry and punchups: Writers and Readers Week at the Wellington Festival, Jane Stafford

Get out your travelling rug and air cushion, fill the thermos, select a light paperback in case things should flag. Sharpen your wit – for question time, and your elbows – for the queues beforehand. It’s Writers and Readers Week

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Issue 12 Autumn 1994

Editorial Colin James: “Short and suite” Letters Lydia Wevers: Patricia Grace, The Sky People and Other Stories; Owen Marshall, The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories; Fiona Kidman, The Foreign Woman; Stephanie Johnson, All the Tenderness Left in the World;

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Editorial — Issue 12

Colin James: Short and suite “The association of short stories with New Zealand writing is as axiomatic and as much of a cultural cliché as pavlova with kiwifruit.” So Lydia Wevers begins a discussion of “The short New Zealand story”

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