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Archive for March, 2009

Finalist in Sir Julius Vogel Award Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand is pleased to announce its list of finalists for the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards celebrating popularity and excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Eligible works are from the 2008 calendar year.

Christchurch author Helen Lowe, author of “Thornspell”, is one of the finalists in the category of “Young Adult Novel”. Other finalists in this category are Margaret Mahy for “The Magician of Hoad”, Ella West for “Anywhere But Here”, Fleur Beale for “Juno of Taris” and Glynne MacLean for “The Spiral Chrysalis”. Helen Lowe and Ella West have also been nominated in the category of “Best New Talent”. Glynne MacLean has also been nominated in the Novella category for “The Time Stealers”.

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New Picture Book Award

Aspiring illustrators now have the chance to kick-start their career and see their own work published with mentoring from a top picture book artist, following the establishment of the inaugural Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration.

This new award, sponsored by Random House New Zealand and the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, aims to encourage the publication of new and exciting high-quality picture books from New Zealand illustrators. It also recognises the contribution Gavin Bishop has made to the writing and illustrating of children’s picture books and gives an emerging talent the opportunity to benefit from his expertise.

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God Save Our Movie Theatres

The Celluloid Circus: the Heyday of the New Zealand Picture Theatre by Wayne Brittenden
Godwit, $50. Reviewed by CHRIS BOURKE

The last time I heard ‘God Save the Queen’ at the pictures, the film was Dirty Harry. The theatre was the King George on Lower Hutt’s High Street; the ticket cost 30c. I remember a man wearing an RSA badge ticking off my gang of 13-year-olds. Maybe we were ostentatiously refusing to stand to attention. That was in 1973, when some filmgoers still saw standing for the anthem as a requirement of citizenship. After all, our cinemas from Kaitaia to the Bluff declared their fealty to the monarchy with names like the Regent, the Majestic, the Kings, the Empire and the Empress. I can hear the drum roll, Fernando.

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New Book by Former Tongan Dissident

By David Robie
Tongan publisher and broadcaster Kalafi Moala, the scourge of the Tongan establishment, for almost two decades, has turned his pen to the challenges of the kingdom’s future in an optimistic new book being launched in Auckland this weekend.

In Search of the Friendly Islands also reflects on the ‘Black Thursday’ riot in November 2006 that devastated the heart of the capital Nuku’alofa.

Moala launched the Taimi ‘o Tonga on 13 April 1989 with the objective of bringing alternative perspectives and voices into Tonga’s public sphere.
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Playing Husbands and Wives

Poem of the Week: Playing Husbands and Wives by Adrian Harrison

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