Hamilton aims for the sky

There's a song by the comedy band Tripod with a line that goes: "I always get into stuff/ Just as it's finishing being cool...", and embarrassingly this often applies to me. A couple of years ago I listened to the first song of the (Alexander) Hamilton musical and thought it was good, but it didn't blow me […]

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Podcast – Ethical supply chains

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Ethical supply chains is an important issue in today's consumption-driven world (and related to the last episode Human Trafficking). To debate the issue, Sally is joined in the studio […]

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New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2017 – winners announced

The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced last night. Drum roll please ... Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Snark illustrated and written by David Elliot (after Lewis Carroll), published by Otago University Press (winner of the Russell Clark Award for Illustration) Picture Book Award That's Not […]

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Finalists in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults inspire Christchurch children

Pop! Bang! That's what happened - literally - when a group of New Zealand children's authors and illustrators presented inspiring talks to hundreds of Canterbury school children, just ahead of the announcement of the 2017 winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Several of the nominated authors and illustrators toured […]

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Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day – Christchurch competitions and events

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is on Friday 25 August. You can see all national and international events and competitions on the Poetry Day website. Here's what's happening in Ōtautahi. See all the information in the full listing of local events. Christchurch City Libraries is running two events: Performance Poetry with Greg O'Connell Friday 25 August 10am […]

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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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Daughters of Dystopia

Dystopia: relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. I love a great dystopian novel, it's a genre that can veer into classic science fiction, but the ones I love the most are the ones you can imagine happening in […]

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