Tami Neilson curls up … with a good book

Tami Neilson. Image supplied

Hair she comes! Hot ticket Tami Neilson kicks off her Songs of Sinners tour, performing in Christchurch tonight (Thursday 25th May) as part of The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival with her Hot Rockin' Band of Rhythm, belting out soul, country, gospel and blues. Tami's tour merchandise features a silhouette of […]

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Youth Week at Christchurch City Libraries

This place is lit, New Brighton

National Youth Week 2017 is 26 May to 4 June 2017 and this year's theme is "Our voices count, count our voices". Events at Christchurch City Libraries during Youth Week Linwood College Showcase Concert - Part of New Zealand Music Month Thursday 25 May 5pm to 7pm Linwood Library at Eastgate This concert will feature […]

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Flip Grater – On food, music and parenting

Flip Grater

Singer-songwriter Flip Grater, Christchurch born and raised, is back 'on stage' after a hiatus from performing since the birth of her first child. We catch up with Flip to coincide with her gig appearance at Blue Smoke with fellow Cantabrian-bred Andrew Keoghan, as part of his Something Going On Tour promoting his latest album Every […]

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This Beats Perfect: YA author Rebecca Denton sings out

This Beats Perfect is a contemporary young adult story about finding your voice. There's music, social media and girl meets boy. Author Rebecca Denton was a teenager in Dunedin in the early 1990s rocking out to the 'Dunedin Sound' and has been ensconced in the music scene ever since. Her novel even includes a playlist. […]

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Mr. Bunny’s Chocolate Factory – a timely tale

Mr Bunny's chocolate factory

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory couldn't be a more timely tale for Easter! The publication of this picture book just happens to coincide with the announcement of the closure of the Cadbury chocolate factory in Dunedin, a decision prompted by profit motives. And factory farming is not far from the news either. This story is surprisingly […]

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Boss Baby – based on a book

Boss Baby

Before Boss Baby the movie there was ... Boss Baby the book! The film Boss Baby (2017) is loosely based on the 2010 book by author and illustrator Marla Frazee. Many a parent has thought that their little ones seem to rule the roost ... sometimes they are downright tyrannical with a temper tantrum or […]

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Dog Man Unleashed at the Library

Dog Man

Bow-wowie! Who let the dogs out? The second in the Dog Man series has just been unleashed and a giant Dog Man is on tour across Christchurch City Libraries. From the creator of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey, comes Dog Man: part dog, part man and ALL hero, in his second adventure Dog Man Unleashed. There’s […]

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Mimi Kiwi – in Inspector Flytrap

Inspector Flytrap

Inspector Flytrap in The Da Vinci Cold (2016) by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell Inspector Flytrap A kiwi in a mystery... How curious! Written and illustrated by the talented and prolific husband and wife team of Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell, Inspector Flytrap is a series of books about a flytrap trying to become the greatest […]

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Summer Writing School for Youth 2017

Girls sitting

The School for Young Writers in Christchurch is holding a Summer Writing School and Workshops, 16-20 January 2017. The Summer Writing School comprises a week’s worth of writing for teenagers, with special guest tutors alongside some of our regulars. On the final day students will get an opportunity for 1:1 mentoring as they complete a piece for […]

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