Fail Safe / Fail Better – WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View

One thing Fail Safe Fail Better did not do was fail to deliver. Six speakers gave candid, entertaining and unique accounts of both personal and professional failures in their lives. Not at all negative, the evening was filled with magic. Glenn Colquhoun invoked ghosts of poets past on the walls of the Christchurch Art Centre's Great Hall and […]

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New Books – 29 June

Hi readers, some treats this week: This biography caught my eye - the authorised story of Nina Simone. What Happened, Miss Simone? What Happened, Miss Simone? is inspired by a documentary. Music journalist Alan Light (The Holy or Unbroken : Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the unlikely ascent of Hallelujah, and Lets Go Crazy: Prince and […]

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Happy Birthday James K. Baxter!

Hokitika Bill, Hokitika Bill. I remember chanting this poem aloud at Primary School. Poet James K. Baxter was born in Dunedin on 29 June 1926. His parents were thinkers - his father Archibald was a conscientious objector and Millicent, his mother had been to College in Sydney. The dichotomy of social order was represented by his family - […]

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New Books – 23 June

Hi there, some great looking titles in the box this week. Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Futurama, Married with Children) has written an autobiography! Grace Notes tells the story of Sagal's amazing and challenging life (not the least having a baby at 52), told as a series of essays. Christina Applegate hails the memoir as […]

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