Erin Donohue shares the story behind her bestselling YA novel. This powerful coming-of-age story follows 17-year-old Caleb Evans as he struggles to hold his life together while everything around him is falling apart. It comes as no surprise to us that it was recently the 2nd highest-selling New Zealand children’s fiction title on the Nielsen bestseller list. There was barely a dry eye in the house as Erin shared the experiences that inspired her novel; we are sure you will be moved by her speech too.
To read the speech click here
Low Visionary, a blog with a focus on disability rights and a passion for accessibility, has written a review of Trish Harris’ memoir that is well worth a read.
“…there was much anguished discussion among disabled people about the need to tell better, more realistic and more nuanced disability stories. The Walking Stick Tree makes an excellent contribution to filling that aching void. It establishes a place for disability and disabled writers in the literary world in general, since the themes are universal, but it makes a place, with its familiar setting, in the New Zealand literary world.”
Read the full review here.
Landfall Journal has written a shining review of Rob Hack’s poetry collection Everything is Here.
Erena Shingade writes, ‘His tone is uninhibited and effortless… just what feels like a friend speaking in a direct and unsentimental way.’
Read the full review here.
Trish Harris’s memoir The Walking Stick Tree has received wide media coverage. It featured on RNZ’s Nine toNoon programme and on the Stuff news website with articles also appearing in journals, magazines and blogs. We’re delighted to see the book—which contains not only a great story but also four essays and quirky illustrations—has made it onto the recommended reading list for Massey University’s Disability Studies course this semester. That’s a first!
Over the summer it was great to see LJ Ritchie’s Like Nobody’s Watching listed in the top ten books for the Hooked on NZ Books He Ao Ano summer reading & reviewing challenge.
Hooked on NZ Books asked readers to nominate their favourite NZ Young Adult titles. Over the summer, the challenge to readers was to read as many titles as they could, and to review them for the website if they wanted to. The challenge was for readers 13-18.
Rob Hack’s first collection of poems, Everything Is Here, explores his relationship to his Rarotongan heritage and the places where his family lived while growing up. Rob spoke with award-winning poet Chris Tse about the intricacies of writing poetry and the challenges that come along with it. Chris was the winner of the Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Book of Poetry (2016) and shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for his first book of poems, How to Be Dead in a Year of Snakes.
Hayden Frost and L.J. Ritchie’s podcast Never Repeats mentioned as one of the best local film podcasts on Radio NZ:
Escalator new title Like Nobody’s Watching by L J Ritchie is second on the Unity Wellington bestseller list this week.
Read Helen Waaka’s post written by Grant Brookes NZNO president about the Indigenous Nurses conference in Auckland.
L.J. Ritchie’s upcoming young adult novel Like Nobody’s Watching focuses on issues of surveillance at high school. L.J. Ritchie sat down with political journalist Nicky Hager, author of Dirty Politics, to talk about the ethical considerations and boundaries of public and private surveillance.
Interested? I thought so. Let’s get topical.