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Obituary — Ronald Holloway

Ronald Holloway (1909-2003)   Ronald Holloway was born in England in 1909, came to New Zealand as a child, and died in an Auckland nursing home on 30 October 2003. There can be few non-writers in New Zealand who had…
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Issue 62 Winter 2003

  Volume 13 | Number 2 | Issue 62 | Winter 2003 Garth Baker: Ron Palenski, Century in Black: 100 Years of All Black Test Rugby; Paul Verdon, Heritage: Golden Years of All Black Rugby; Bob Howitt and Diane Haworth,…
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Torch under the duvet, Eirlys Hunter

Red Dog in Bandit Country – A true story Bill Redding (as told to Fleur Beale) Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 187713581X Watermark Penelope Todd Longacre Press, $16.95, ISBN 1877135836 Thunder Road Ted Dawe Longacre Press, $18.95, ISBN 1877135879 Two of…
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The wit, the cook and the poet, Chris Else

On Writing Hit Songs Simon Morris Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237573 Biography of a Local Palate David Burton Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237581 Under the Influence Bill Manhire Four Winds Press, $14.95, ISBN 0958237565 Reviewing three books at…
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Obituary — Janet Frame

Janet Frame (1924 – 2004) New Zealand’s most celebrated writer, Janet Frame, died in Dunedin in January, two months after being awarded a Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. She was 79. Her first book, The Lagoon and Other Stories,…
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Poem – C K Stead

On Fame Quid dedicatum poscit Apollinem   Who asks the gods for glory and that his books may be read throughout the world, should recall the one whose prayer was answered, who lived ten years in hiding, lost friends, family,…
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NZ Post Book Awards

The shortlist for the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards was announced in early February. Finalists are: Junior fiction – The Serpents Of Arakesh: Book One – The Karazan Quartet by V M Jones; My Story: Journey To Tangiwai –…
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Writers off the page, Jane Stafford

New Zealand International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week begins on 9 March in Wellington. It is an event which in the past has mixed an eclectic selection of novelists, poets and essayists – celebrated and little known – with…
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Taking poetry for a walk, John Allison

Millionaire’s Shortbread  Mary-Jane Duffy, Mary Cresswell, Mary Macpherson, Kerry Hines University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 187727643X Len & other poems Jo Thorpe Steele Roberts, $$19.95, ISBN 187722894X Soundings Cilla McQueen University of Otago Press, $29.95, ISBN 1877276383 I once…
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“Something like a cult”, Margaret Clark

Treasury: The New Zealand Treasury 1840-2000 Malcolm McKinnon Auckland University Press, $50, ISBN 1869402960 At the launch of this book a former assistant secretary to the Treasury pointed out to me that this is an administrative history of the Treasury,…
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