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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The Best (& Worst) Children’s Books of 2016

Best and worst 2016

“I’m not human, I’m a librarian!” The Best (& Worst) Children’s Books of 2016 evening was held on Wednesday 23rd November, hosted by the Canterbury Literacy Association and Christchurch City Libraries. The books showcased at the event covered the spectrum of wondrous and picturesque, funny and gross, through to beautiful and poignant - including sobering […]

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Dr Ian Chapman – The Dunedin Sound and a passion for music

Dunedin sound

The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening was launched in Dunedin in November with live music by key players Graeme Downes (The Verlaines), Robert Scott (The Bats) and Martin Phillipps (The Chills). To coincide with our review of the book, I interviewed the author Dr. Ian Chapman: Ian, what inspired you to create this book when […]

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The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening

Dunedin sound

The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening by Ian Chapman is a uniquely archival book celebrating the music known as the 'Dunedin Sound.' Predominantly pictorial, it is a plethora of personal photographs and memorabilia which, in the words of Graeme Downes from The Verlaines, 'is a testament to a bunch of people desperate to create something […]

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