Monthly Archives: July 2016


LOUNGE #51 Wednesday 10 August

Old Government House Lounge, UoA City Campus, Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, 5.30-7 pm


John Adams and Don’t Judge Me

Iain Britton

Janet Charman

Owen Connors

Romy Hooper

Gregory Kan

Vivienne Plumb

Ila Selwyn

David Taylor

Barbara Unković


Free entry. Food and drinks for sale in the Buttery. Information Michele Leggott  or 09 373 7599 ext. 87342

The LOUNGE readings are a continuing project of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc), Auckland University Press and Auckland University English, Drama and Writing Studies,  in association with the Staff Common Room Club at Old Government House.


LOUNGE READINGS #51-53: 10 August, 21 September, 19 October 2016

Going West Festival programme now out


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This is the first festival with new programme directors.  The programme offers the usual eclectic mix of conversations in a great setting with good food. A family festival, in a way.

There are a few poetry highlights but gone are the little poetry interludes breaking up the sessions. I miss that.


Emma Neale is the Curnow Reader.

Albert Wendt is giving the keynote address.

Serie Barford and Gregory Kan are in a session with Robert Sullivan.

On Saturday night there is the poetry slam with judges yet to be announced.


I am chairing a session with Sue Orr and Helen Margaret Waaka: ‘In Small Places …’


A few things I don’t want to miss:

Emma Neale: What happens when trauma transforms our children? Emma Neale offers up a lyrical exploration of parenthood that is both funny and disarmingly frank. She’ll discuss her new novel with writer Siobhan Harvey.

Damien Wilkins and Sue Orr in conversation on writing, teaching and Damien’s Dad Art, a vibrant novel about the capacity for surprise and renewal.

Barbara Brookes shares the story behind her ground-breaking A History of New Zealand Women with Judith Pringle, looking at the shaping of New Zealand through a female lens.

Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd joins lifelong music fan John Campbell to share his memories of the label’s early days and the spirit of adventure and independence that took its sound to the world.


Full programme here.

Sir James Wallace supports creative writing

Sir James Wallace supports creative writing

26 July 2016
Cybonn Ang, Sir James Wallace and Angelique Kasmara at the Pah Homestead

Cybonn Ang, Sir James Wallace and Angelique Kasmara at the Pah Homestead

Arts patron and philanthropist Sir James Wallace funds two scholarships and a prize to support creative writing in the Faculty of Arts.

Two Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming Master of Creative Writing (MCW) students, based on the strength of their application.

At the end of the programme, the Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Prize is awarded to the writer who has produced the best portfolio of work.

The scholarships are valued at $3,500 each, and the prize is valued at $5,000 — New Zealand’s richest prize for a creative writing student.

This year the two scholarships went to Cybonn Ang and Angelique Kasmara.

Angelique explains that “as a single parent with a young child, embarking on a Master of Creative Writing — and having to take out a large student loan — was by far the scariest thing I’ve done this year.”

“However, as well as easing my stress over the financial burden, the scholarship goes far in reassuring me that I am on the right path. Also, as I’ve long admired Sir James Wallace’s support for the arts, it feels extra special to be one of the recipients of this award.”

The convenor of the MCW, Paula Morris, is very appreciative of Sir James’s targeted generosity.

“Sir James’s ongoing support of creative writing at Auckland reflects his support of and respect for emerging talent. The MCW is a programme of writers rather than students — they’re working on books, and many have sacrificed a lot to make the year’s writing possible. The encouragement and endorsement of a patron like Sir James means a great deal to all of us.”

Sir James is steadfast in his support of the arts, and encourages others to follow his lead.

“Philanthropy is of vital importance for all communities. It is the civic and moral duty of those that are in the position to do so to support appropriate institutions, causes or individuals financially and in other ways. By doing so they contribute to improving and enriching the lives of those around them, which in turn can be very rewarding for the philanthropist.”
Find out more about the Master of Creative Writing or giving to Auckland


Book Launch: Jenny Bornholdt’s new poems and Ashleigh Young’s essays



Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of

Selected Poems
by Jenny Bornholdt


Can You Tolerate This? Personal Essays
by Ashleigh Young

6.00pm–7.30pm, Thursday 11 August
at Unity Books
57 Willis St, Wellington.
All welcome.

Buy both books on the night for only $60 (normally $70).
This offer applies at the Unity Books launch only.

For more information click on the titles below:
Selected Poems by Jenny Bornholdt
$40, hardback
Can You Tolerate This? Personal Essays by Ashleigh Young
$30, paperback



Auckland University Press

Press release:

28 July 2016


Auckland University Press are delighted to announce the foundation of the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Creative Lives Series. This series represents an outstanding act of philanthropy by Gerrard and Marti Friedlander, who have contributed so much to the arts in New Zealand over the years. In a world where funding is precarious, this sort of philanthropic support for New Zealand publishing is hugely appreciated. The Press has now launched the first book in the series, Peter Simpson’s Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933–1953.


Press Director Sam Elworthy commented: ‘Publishing first Leonard Bell’s book on Marti Friedlander’s photography and then Marti’s own powerful memoir Self-Portrait, we loved working with Marti and she enjoyed her relationship with the Press. Out of that relationship, we are just thrilled that Gerrard and Marti decided to support a new Creative Lives Series. That support will enable us to create a whole line-up of beautifully produced books that chronicle the creative spirit in this country. Kicking off with Peter Simpson’s Bloomsbury South, we look forward to many great lives and many great books in the years to come.’


For further information contact:

Louisa Kasza
Auckland University Press


Out and About with ‘Iris Dreaming’



Published on YouTube Jul 25, 2016

Robin Hyde – who was born Iris Wilkinson – was one of the greatest poets in New Zealand. But her eventful life, which took her to war-torn China and to London on the brink of World War Two, was rocked by trauma and crisis.

Listening to Frank O’Hara


Listening to Frank O’Hara




Josephine is a tourist and wants to do things spontaneously like go into Jackson McNally and buy Laura Solomon or Short Talks or listen to Frank O’Hara read why he’s not a painter on YouTube, but all she finds is a heartbreaking rendition of ‘Having a coke with you,’ read cigarette in hand, in that melodic voice, American accent dipping and pausing until he asks indirectly, what good is art when all he sees is paint just paint, and his lover all movement, ah such movement and the face, hot beyond portraiture. You need the right person beside the right tree in the right light in the right city and this is love. She hears that and reads of his death.




© Paula Green New York Pocket Book Seraph Press 2016