True Crime – WORD Christchurch

Betrayal is in the journalist toolkit. You've got your notebook, you've got your recorder and you've got your sense of betrayal. — Steve Braunias Given that crime fiction is one of the more well-thumbed genres in the library, I'm not surprised that true crime is equally popular. Whether it's because we're attracted to extreme circumstances…
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Setting the Kiwi murder scene – Steve Braunias at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Steve Braunias has a very specific take on what makes New Zealand murders quintessentially Kiwi. And it all comes down to setting in his opinion. Most of us have a stage-set notion of the perfect murder scene: cold, dark, with driving rain and a gothic castle in the background. Not so says Braunias, most Kiwi…
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Satirists at large – Steve Braunias and David Slack

Writer and editor Stephen Stratford (@stephenstra) (blogging at Quote Unquote) joined two of Aotearoa's top satirists to discuss satirical writing at the Auckland Writers Festival. The aforementioned satirists: Steve Braunias, author of Madmen and the always en pointe "The Secret diary of ..." in the NZ Herald David Slack, Metro contributor - known for his…
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The Secret Diary of The Civilian: WORD Christchurch

"The Civilian is not a force for good." Ben Uffindell, founder of The Civilian website, was very clear in his discussion with Steve Braunias that The Civilian isn't trying to push an agenda or change the world. Steve introduced Ben as a "much loathed and somewhat loved enfant" to a crowd of WORD Christchurch attendees on Saturday night. Steve talked about his…
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