Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: 7 July 2012 - Radio New Zealand National
8:15 Oliver Burkeman: happiness and self-help
9:05 Vincent Ward: movies to art
9:35 Dan Salmon: pictures of Susan
10:05 Playing Favourites with Nigel Beckford
11:05 Guy McPherson: agrarian anarchy
8:15 Oliver Burkeman
Oliver Burkeman is a New York-based writer for The
Guardian, and Psychologies magazine,. His new book, The Antidote: Happiness for
People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (Text Publishing, ISBN:
978-1-921-922671), explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and
Vincent Ward is a New Zealand artist and filmmaker
(Vigil, When Dreams May Come, Rain of the Children) who is mounting two
simultaneous public exhibitions in Auckland (Inhale, at Gus Fisher Gallery, 6
July to 25 August, and Exhale, at TSB Wallace Arts Trust, 3 July to 2
September), developing the themes of human vulnerability and transformation he
explored on in his solo show at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Vincent’s work is collected in the art book, Inhale | Exhale (Ron Sang
Publications, ISBN: 978-0473-209209), and he has been invited to exhibit at the
9th Shanghai Biennale from October 2012 through February 2013.
Dan Salmon has produced and directed a number of
award-winning documentary features and factual series with Tash Christie for
their film company, Octopus Pictures. Since 2008, he has been shooting footage
for Pictures of Susan, a documentary about Auckland ‘outsider artist’ Susan
King and her family. It will have its world premiere at the 2012 New Zealand International
Film Festival, with screenings in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch
and other centres.
Beckford is a Wellington writer, musician and publisher. He and his
collaborators - fellow conceptualist, writer and art director Michael
Fitzsimons, and illustrators Jess Lunnon and Sandi Mackechnie - have followed
the sell-out success of their 2011 publication The Wellington Book (Fitzbeck
Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-473-18698-2), with new visual memento The NZ Book (Fitzbeck Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-473-20788-5). Spread below from The NZ Book.
Conservation biologist Guy McPherson is Emeritus
Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment, at the University of Arizona,
and lives off the grid in a straw bale house in New Mexico, raising small
livestock and interacting with his rural community. He is visiting New Zealand
as keynote speaker for the School Executive Officers’ Conference 2012 (4-6
On Saturday 7 July 2012 during Great Encounters between
6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat
broadcast of Kim Hill’s interview from 30 June with World War II veteran Bob
Preview: Saturday 14 July
Kim’s guests will include John Lanchester and Owen Glenn.
Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Tony Schwartz
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
More information follows on Saturday's guests, repeats of previous interviews, next week's programme, and this email list. As this is live radio, guests and times may change on the day.