Democracy, conspiracy theories, and the need for an appropriate - and safe - public discourse. All this, and much, much more were discussed at this very informative event. Sacha McMeeking - Head of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury - and Golriz Ghahraman - Sitting Member of Parliament for the Green Party…
1981: Springbok Tour and Protests
Nearly 40 years on, Mark looks back at the 1981 Springbok Tour and the protests that took place against NZ's sporting ties with Apartheid South Africa.
2020 Hugo Award Winners
Hugo Award 2020: Finalists
Mark runs through the finalists for Best Novel in this year's Hugo Awards, including a fantasy novel by New Zealand author, Tamsyn Muir.
Reading around climate change during lockdown
Mark has some eBook and eAudiobooks suggestions for reading around climate change during lockdown.
Behrouz Boochani: Writing from Manus Island – WORD Christchurch
Mark reports on the Behrouz Boochani WORD Christchurch event on Friday 29 November. His book recounting his experience on Manus Island - No Friend but the Mountains - was typed out on a mobile phone in Farsi, before being translated to English, and eventually published.
Behrouz Boochani, Writing from Manus Prison – WORD Christchurch
Mark talks about Behrouz Boochani and his WORD Christchurch event on Friday 29 November 2019.
Akala: Natives, Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – WORD Christchurch Autumn Season
Mark reports back on a session with Akala on his book Natives: Race and class in the ruins of empire - WORD Christchurch.Autumn Season.
George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’: A sublime horror in deep space
Unlike the fantasy novels that George R.R. Martin is most known for, Nightflyers is a science fiction novella set in deep space in the far future where Earth and the solar system have become the subject of myth and superstition. The story sets out a premise that lays the framework for an existential foray into…
Armistice Day 2018: Remembering 100 Years Ago
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of November in 1918, the First World War - 'The War to End All Wars' - ended; this day is known as Armistice Day. The 11th of November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of this day. 18,200 New Zealanders died and 41,300 were wounded. Let’s take this opportunity…
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