A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

In Eric Lindstrom's latest young adult novel, A tragic kind of wonderful, Mel is a beautifully complex young woman grappling with confronting decisions and emotions, navigating relationships with her family, friends and her internal 'animals'. Lindstrom's use of a first person narrative allows the reader to experience the intensity of Mel’s experiences, memories and decisions as…
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Chatting with a Poo-Bah

A NZ Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic opera, The Mikado, opens this week in Christchurch at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Australian bass-baritone Andrew Collis has performed all over the world and appears in this production in the role of Poo-Bah. I chatted with him last week about the world of The…
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Seeing Red

Life dealt me the recessive gene MC1R (only achievable through both sides of the family) and I arrived with a 'reddish' hue to my hair - together with the obligatory pale skin and, a few years later, a mass of freckles. I managed to avoid the 'Tudor' blue eyes so I actually have discernible eyebrows…
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