Producer Christine Dann talks about No ordinary Sheila, a documentary about an inspiring woman and the power of wonder

"I've got books instead of babies" — these were the words of Sheila Natusch, whose cinematic portrayal is coming to the big screens in Christchurch today and tomorrow (Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August). As the movie proves, it isn't just books that inhabit Sheila's world. It's also wonder and passion for the natural world — plants, animals and rocks. This translates into […]

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A hundred shards of potent remedy: an interview with Fiona Farrell about Decline and Fall on Savage Street

I am standing next to the old Government Building in Christchurch. It's early morning and the air is crisp and smells of expectations. In front of me is the cathedral in ruins. But from where I stand, I can also see a new building coming up. The new central library, with its promise of healing […]

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Petina Gappah on the elusive nature of writers’ satisfaction – at Auckland Writers Festival

"Thank you for coming today, when you should all be in church. You will all go to hell." This is how Petina Gappah charms the audience at Auckland Writers Festival right at the start of her Sunday session. And than she just keeps the jokes coming. This Zimbabwean born author has, until recently, had an impressive career […]

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Tusiata Avia and Maxine Beneba Clarke on friendship and reading beyond the colour – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Do you remember the excitement of finding a true friend in high school days? When you were lost but then found yourself by finding a friend? When you realized there is someone else out there, who likes the same weird books as you do, listens to the same music and shares the same humour and passion for […]

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