Women of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAFs) on parade at Harewood Air Force Station, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

On 31 May 1941, forty-one women started in their positions as members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) at Harewood Air Force Station. At the commencement of their duties, it was expected that they would soon be joined by further recruits, bringing the total number of WAAF members serving at Harewood to one hundred…
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Competition: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Charming. Quirky. Nostalgic. All words that have been used to describe Mary Ann Shaffer's bestselling novel, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. The historical WWII novel that Shaffer (a former librarian) wrote when her plans for a biography of Robert Falcon Scott's widow, Kathleen Scott fell through, "Guernsey" was extremely popular when it…
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Podcast – The public intellectual in the nuclear age

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. When nuclear science can affect everyone but is understood by only a few, most of whom have pledged to remain silent, the public intellectual is needed. Associate Professor Benoît…
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The Boat Runner

When you read Devin Murphy's immersive coming of age novel The Boat Runner, you are carried away into a world where doing the morally right thing no longer seems so straight forward. Devin Murphy spent eight years working on this debut novel, inspired by his own and his wife's family history. He draws on the…
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Podcast – The New Zealand Wars

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. 28 October 2017 marks the inaugural national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars. Pita Tipene, an iwi representative on the commemoration Advisory Panel (Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars…
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