Emily Writes talks

Emily Writes is a Wellington-based writer whose blog posts have a habit of going viral. She is mother to two year-old Ronnie and four year-old Eddie and over the last couple of years I have chatted with her online quite a bit. With a three year-old myself our online conversations have covered the full range…
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La Traviata

Last night I had my first ever opera experience. Although I generally enjoy live music and performance I wasn't 100% if I would like opera, even with the excellent introduction to the operatic world I got from a bonafide opera singer. I mean, all that warbling and melodrama. Maybe it would be a bit OTT…
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Ranginui Walker: Teller of truths

At the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival in 2009, I was lucky enough to attend a session in which Ranginui Walker, academic, historian and biographer shared the stage with his own biographer and friend Paul Spoonley. Over the course of the hour Walker came across as an intelligent, committed man with a great deal of personal…
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Conspicuous consumption

For me holidays are always an opportunity to consume, not merely Christmas dinner leftovers and far too many Ferrero Rochers, but also culture. The books, movies and TV shows I haven't had time for during the year get their chance over the festive break. It's always a struggle, of course. There's simply too much to…
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