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Archive for September, 2008

Tin Drum’s Translator to Speak in Welli

Fifty years ago, Günter Grass’s novel Die Blechtrommel hit the headlines, signalling the arrival of a brilliant new talent who would go on to become a Nobel Prize winner (1999).

Translated into a number of languages, The Tin Drum has become one of the best-known works of contemporary German literature. Now, as part of world-wide celebrations of the book’s half-century, a new English translation by Breon Mitchell is to appear in 2009. Read more »

From Bonkers to Divine

by Michelle Holman

What do you when you find your husband is going to leave you . . . not for another woman, but to become a woman . . .

Hailed by the critics as hilarious, and completely original with wonderful New Zealand flavour, Michelle Holman’s debut novel Bonkers went straight to the bestseller charts. Read more »

New Tongan Publishing House

By Josephine Latu for Pacific Media Watch

080928_atenisi.jpgTongans gathered at the University of Auckland’s Fale Pasifika today to celebrate the launching of a new book by Professor ‘Ilaisa Futa Helu entitled Heilala Tangitangi ‘o Salote Pilolevu. The book studies 23 Tongan compositions – some by the late Queen Salote – and was published in honour of the King’s sister, Princess Pilolevu Tuita. The event also doubled as the official opening of the fledgling company that printed the book, ‘Atenisi Press. Read more »

Developing a New Type of Journalism

Media & Development: Issues and Challenges in the Pacific Islands, edited by Shailendra Singh & Biman Prasad.
Published by the Fiji Institute of Applied Studies and AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, 2008. Reviewed by JEREMY ROSE


My guess is there would be only a handful of working journalists in New Zealand who are aware that ‘development journalism’ is a genre in its own right. And until I read Media & Development, I wasn’t among them.

As David Robie points out in the book’s second chapter the genre peaked in the 1970s – ancient history for the majority of working journalists – and was a response by journalists in the Third World to what they saw as the negative portrayal of their home countries by international news agencies, such as Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters. Read more »

Old Ninika


Poem of the Week: Old Ninika by Joseph Stalin

From: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Phoenix Paperback, $35

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