Remembering Norman Kirk

A big man in every sense, Norman Kirk was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 to 1974, and leader of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1974. He  died on 31 August 1974 and I would like to pay homage and possibly introduce him to another generation of Kiwis. It's not a…
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Together We Read – Once Lost

Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Once Lost simultaneously for free. For a two-week period beginning today, you can borrow the eBook Once Lost by Ber Carroll. There will be no waiting for this popular modern family story.  Once Lost is about two women, Louise and Emma…
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Win tickets to Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie – plus an activity pack

Hey kids! We gave you the chance to win a prize to celebrate the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie on 28 September. Thanks for your brilliant suggestions for a new Cap'n Underpants book title! Congratulations to Caleb, who was the winner. His suggestion? Captain Underpants and the primate's baggy underpants Here are…
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Not such a strange meeting – Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon

100 years ago last week at Craiglockhart Hospital for Neurasthenic Officers in Edinburgh, Wilfred Owen introduced himself to Siegfried Sassoon and one of the great literary friendships was born. Wilfred was recovering from shellshock, deeply traumatised by his time on the Western Front in 1917. Siegfried, grieving and angry at the deaths of his friends…
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Listening to Reni Eddo-Lodge

This is a slightly odd blog. I don't know a huge amount about Reni Eddo-Lodge, and because of the way her session at the upcoming WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View series at the Christchurch Arts Festival is titled, I want to go into it with as open a mind as possible and without too many…
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