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Archive for February, 2009

Has Hager Inspired a Hollywood Thriller?

Picks of the Week 27 February 2009

Nicky Hager’s The Hollow Men inspired both a stage play and a documentary but up until now his first, and in journalistic terms far more impressive work, Secret and Lies has failed to inspire a fictionalised account. The Echelon Conspiracy starring, among others Martin Sheen and Shane West, if not strictly based on Nicky’s book at least cites his work on the Echelon spy network on its official website.

If the trailer’s anything to go by The Echelon Conspiracy is run-of-the-mill Hollywood crap – but if it sparks interest in Secret and Lies and the Echelon spy network Nicky played a key role in exposing it can’t be all bad.

The filmmakers may link to this article by Nicky, but the first he heard of the film was when the Scoop Review of Books sent him a link to the trailer.

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The Final Voyage of Epeli Hau’ofa

Epeli Hau’ofa 1939 – 2009

The Pacific writer Epeli Hau’ofa died last month – and somehow, I seem to have missed the obits in our newspapers.

Epeli Hau'ofa

Epeli Hau'ofa

I once mentioned to a Tongan friend how much I had enjoyed Hau’ofa’s Tales of the Tikongs and he replied, “Well of course Epeli can be funny because he doesn’t have an elder sister.”

He must have noticed the look of total confusion on my face because he went onto explain that in Tongan culture causing your older sister shame is an absolutely no, no. Read more »

GG Launches Crescent Moon

Press Release

Governor General launches Whitireia Creative Writing tutors new book.

Adrienne Jansen has completed a commission by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to work alongside photographer Ans Westra, on a book recording the experiences of Asian Muslim immigrants in New Zealand. The Crescent Moon – The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand, was launched by the Governor General last Thursday at Pātaka Museum and Gallery.

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Poetic Reflections on Limitations

Time and Materials by Robert Hass,
Harper Collins. Reviewed by L M WALLACE

Thirty-five years after the publication of his first poetry collection, comes Robert Hass’ fifth, Time and Materials. It is a volume of poems collected from 1997 to 2005, the span indicative of Hass’ craftsmanship, his shaping of his work. It seems it is the age of the poet – Hass now nearing seventy – that has allowed these deep reflections on limitations, politics, and moments passed. There is a feeling that they were not possible before.

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Bridget van der Zjipp shortlisted

New Local Writer Shortlisted for Major Prize

Bridget van der Zijpp’s novel Misconduct has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book Prize, South East Asia and the Pacific region.

Victoria University Press publisher Fergus Barrowman says, “I’m delighted that Misconduct is getting the recognition it deserves, way to go Bridget.” Read more »

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