The History Speech is short-listed for the Young Adult Fiction Award in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (NZCYA). In its nomination, it was described as "Aotearoa Gothic for the young adult reader" and as not "[shying] away from issues such as racism and child abuse". Learn more about this…
In praise of felines: International Cat Day 2020
Valerie remembers the cats in her life and suggests some great feline reads in celebration of International Cat Day, 8 August.
Afakasi Woman by Lani Wendt Young – Books Alive (New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults)
Afakasi Woman is short-listed for the Young Adult Fiction Award in this year's New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Lani Wendt Young is a Samoan/Māori writer, editor, and journalist. Her Young Adult fantasy series Telesā blends romance with mythology and stories from the Pacific Islands. Her latest book for Young Adults is…
Hugo and Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2020
Fee makes her pick of the sci-fi and fantasy titles nominated in this year's Hugo and Sir Julius Vogel Awards.
Banig: Weaving Tradition and Art | Banig: Sining at Tradisyon ng Paghabi
The banig is similar to traditional Japanese tatami mat or India’s reed mat (paay in Tamil or chatai in Hindi), it is made of dried leaves and used primarily for sleeping and sitting in the Philippines. Banig weaving involves folding over strips of materials to make unique geometrical designs. Though it’s not clearly known when…
Eel fishing at Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora: Picturing Canterbury
Eel fishing Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. Selwyn (Sel) Lockie on left, 1968. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Chinese Paper Cutting 中国剪纸
Chinese paper cutting is a popular form of folk art involving cutting paper with sharp scissors. Legend goes that Chinese paper cutting was first created by a poor scholar’s wife to earn a living in the Han Dynasty around 2000 years ago. It became a popular art form during the Ming Dynasty about 1500 years later…
Book review – The Rise of the Remarkables: Brasswitch and Bot
Award-winning Kiwi author Gareth Ward's latest is a rollicking steampunk adventure full of outlandish machines, mystery and intrigue!
Podcast – Plastic waste
Episode from Human Rights radio show, Speak up Kōrerotia, with recommended reading for kids and adults about plastic waste.
A night with Pablo Neruda
Renee reports back from a special evening of music and poetry in celebration of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
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