Features and Interviews

Letter from Lake Naivasha

Catherine Robertson travels to Kenya to shed light on the shadows in her family history.

23/02/2017

Catherine Robertson travels to Kenya to shed light on the shadows in her family history.


Selling New Zealand in Frankfurt

On the face of it, New Zealand's turn as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair four years ago was a great success. But what have our writers and publishers got to show for it? Mark Broatch investigates.

08/12/2016

On the face of it, New Zealand’s turn as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair four years ago was a great success. But what have our writers and publishers got to show for it? Mark Broatch investigates.


Letter from Heidelberg

Philip Temple and Diane Brown - from Dunedin to Heidelburg, UNESCO Cities of Literature.

08/12/2016

Philip Temple and Diane Brown – from Dunedin to Heidelburg, UNESCO Cities of Literature.


In Memory of Sir James McNeish

Bernard Brown's eulogy for acclaimed writer and ANZL Fellow Sir James McNeish.

24/11/2016

‘Sir James – literary knight and gentleman’


The Interview – Kevin Ireland

Iain Sharpe grills Kevin Ireland on Crump, Bogart and the New Zealand 'voice'.

10/10/2016

‘I named myself after a street in Ponsonby’


High Fidelity?

David Larsen investigates recent film adaptations of contemporary New Zealand fiction.

10/10/2016

David Larsen investigates recent film adaptations of contemporary New Zealand fiction.


Letter from Shanghai

Heidi North-Bailey returns to China as the New Zealand Fellow on the Shanghai Writing Program.

22/09/2016

Heidi North-Bailey returns to China as the New Zealand Fellow on the Shanghai Writing Program.


The Interview – Elizabeth Smither

Elizabeth Smither and David Hill 'talk of many things', including being a Poet Laureate, and thinking of audiences as rabbits.

02/09/2016

‘The big issues are always lurking, even in the smallest subjects’


Southern Exposure

Philip Matthews explores the glorious past and isolated present of Dunedin, now a UNESCO City of Literature.

02/09/2016

Philip Matthews explores the glorious past and isolated present of Dunedin, now a UNESCO City of Literature.


Letter from Crete

Vana Manasiadis returns to Greece to explore translation, navigation and disorientation.

02/09/2016

Vana Manasiadis returns to Greece to explore translation, navigation and disorientation.


The Interview – Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman talks to Kelly Ana Morey about real life and other fictions.

02/08/2016

‘I tend to live inside my characters for a long time when I’m thinking about a book.’


A Natural Utterance for the Era

Lawrence Patchett explores the riches of creative nonfiction in New Zealand.

02/08/2016

Lawrence Patchett explores the riches of creative nonfiction in New Zealand.


Take Two: two views on writing funny

Barbara Else and Robert Glancy debate contemporary wit in the NZ novel.

02/08/2016

Barbara Else and Robert Glancy debate contemporary wit in the NZ novel.


Letter from Cape Town

Selina Tusitala Marsh on coconuts and colonialism.

02/08/2016

Selina Tusitala Marsh on coconuts and colonialism.


The Interview – Owen Marshall

John McCrystal talks to Owen Marshall about his recent work and the landscape of his imagination.

30/06/2016

‘We search for fellows to hold hands with in the surging progress that is human experience.’


Pacific Writing in New Zealand: The Niu Wave

Victor Rodger wonders where all the Pasifika novelists are.

30/06/2016

Victor Rodger wonders where all the Pasifika novelists are.


Letter from St Petersburg

Rosetta Allan goes to Russia in search of monsters.

30/06/2016

Rosetta Allan goes to Russia in search of monsters.


Back to the Book Awards

The last sponsor abandoned them, but David Larsen finds that reports of the death of our national literature awards have been greatly exaggerated.

16/05/2016

The last sponsor abandoned them, but David Larsen finds that reports of the death of our national literature awards have been greatly exaggerated.


Not (Yet) in Our Neighbourhood

Our local crime novelists are finding success overseas, but Rosabel Tan asks why more people aren’t reading them here?

15/05/2016

Our local crime novelists are finding success overseas, but Rosabel Tan asks why more people aren’t reading them here?


The Interview – Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace talks to Adam Dudding about finding her voice, learning to love research, and why character is at the heart of everything she writes.

10/05/2016

‘I’d always been interested in writing without really knowing what real invented writing was’.


Such noise! So many voices!

Steven Toussaint investigates the contemporary New Zealand poetry scene, and discovers much more than a tale of two cities.

09/05/2016

Steven Toussaint investigates the contemporary New Zealand poetry scene, and discovers much more than a tale of two cities.


Sacred Turf

Christchurch writers are still explaining the earthquakes to the rest of the country, and to themselves, writes Philip Matthews.

09/05/2016

Christchurch writers are still explaining the earthquakes to the rest of the country, and to themselves, writes Philip Matthews.


'I felt energised by the freedom of 'making things up’' - Maxine Alterio

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