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The Missing Lands

Uncovering Earth’s Pre-Flood Civilization By Freddy Silva

Book review of The Missing Lands, reviewed by Josie Laird The flood stories of different indigenous people all over the world bear striking similarities. There was a flood, nearly 11,000 years ago. Only a few select people survived and then a group of ‘g…

The Alexandrite, by Dione Jones.

The Alexandrite, by Dione Jones.

Book review of The Alexandrite, reviewed by Josie Laird A mystery within a family saga which stretches across a century, involving an aristocratic family in England and the escape of various family members and retainers to New Zealand. Pamela, Lady Sca…

‘Escape’ by Jade Khutze

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe it was that easy. In the dead of night, I crept out of my closet-sized room, across the rickety wooden floor. Their d…

‘Less is More’ by Linley Jones

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

You wouldn’t believe that it had never defined me because, once it was gone, I felt its loss immensely. Life is that simple, that complicated. Major decisions at that time focused on where to meet for lunch, what pest was eating the passionfruit vine, w…

‘Green Paint Division’ by Trevor Prout

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe why my grandson doubts my sanity. ‘What did you do in the war, granddad?’ I looked down at my grandson, about to sn…

‘Biddi Biddi’ by Linley Jones

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe how guilty it made you feel to have the girls’ night at his flat. You urged all the sisters-in-crime to help, to mo…

‘Vino Varietal’ by Jeff Taylor

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

You wouldn’t believe that we’d never discussed it. ‘Want some?’ Tony mumbles, offering the soggy roach hanging off his lip. I take the spit-soaked thing, sucking it hard, and we’re the neighbourhood kids we once were again, when we’d share a straw, wor…

‘Once a Phoenix, Now My Mum’ by Hui-Kheng Yeo

Franklin Writers' Group Short Story Competition 2019

This year, stories were "flash fiction' 300 words in length, and beginning with the starter, "you wouldn't believe" You wouldn’t believe that the elderly lady in front of me used to be one of the most famous Chinese opera singers in Singapore. In the 1…

‘Gretchen Albrecht: between gesture & geometry’ by Luke Smythe

The Life and Career of One of New Zealand's Most Influential and Estimated Contemporary Artists

Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of our most prominent painters. In a significant new book published by Massey University Press this month, art historian Luke Smythe surveys her career and assesses her work and practice, confirming her status as a pioneer o…

‘Finding Frances Hodgkins’ by Mary Kisler

A New Approach to One of New Zealand's Most Influential Expatriate Artists

May is shaping up to be all about Frances Hodgkins, with a major show at the Auckland Art Gallery and two new books. Finding Frances Hodgkins, published this month by Massey University Press, is by well-known curator Mary Kisler. The book is part of The …

‘John Scott Works’ by David Straight

A Survey of the Career of One of New Zealand’s Most Important Architects

John Scott is a legend in New Zealand architecture circles. A regional modernist who mostly practised in Hawke’s Bay, his life’s works of houses, churches and community buildings have attained near mythical status since his early death in 1992. Despite b…

Common Myths About Reading and Writing

Extracts from ‘Raise your Child to Read and Write’ by Frances Adlam

Common Myths about Reading and Writing - Extracts from Raise your Child to Read and Write by Frances Adlam UNTANGLING LEARNING-TO-READ MYTHS In the past ten years, educational research has brought much clarity to what does, and doesn’t, support a youn…

‘Down the Bay’ by Philip Simpson

Philip Simpson is an acclaimed botanist, who lives with his wine scientist wife Wendy Parr on a rugged limestone hillside overlooking Golden Bay. The couple’s home is at the end of a gravel road, close to where Philip was born at the north end of Abel Ta…

‘The Way We Were: Port Waikato’ by Glennis Paton

A 'little project' takes on a life of its own

by Rebecca Glover

A few months ago elocal brought you the little-known story of Port Waikato's 1891 earthquake. Now a local woman has done a bit of moving and shaking of her own with her history of the sleepy seaside town. Actually it's the author herself, Glennis Paton,…

‘Living Big in a Tiny House’ by Bryce Langston

Many of us dream of living in a tiny house. Small, compact buildings that offer an appealing way to live more sustainably, providing smart, energy-efficient housing at low cost – one solution to meeting the challenge of New Zealand’s housing shortage and…

‘The Second Grave’ by Ian Austin

Ian Austin was born in the UK and enjoyed a high-octane career with the Hampshire Police, including serving as a tactical firearms officer and covert surveillance operative, before migrating to New Zealand in 2003. After a stint with the NZ Police, Austi…

‘My Indian Kitchen’ by Ashia Ismail-Singer

Born to Indian parents, food writer and school nurse Ashia Ismail-Singer was raised in Malawi and the UK. Her grandparents moved from India to Malawi in the late 1940’s, when India and Pakistan were partitioned, and Ashia grew up in a large Indian commun…

‘Women, Equality, Power’ by Helen Clark

Selected speeches from a life of leadership

Helen Clark has been a political leader for more than 40 years, since first running in local elections in the 1970s. She entered parliament as a 31-year-old in 1981, led the Labour Party to victory in 1999 and was Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine y…

‘The Trials of Alan Titford’ by Mike Butler

The proposed Criminal Cases Review Commission to look at apparent miscarriages of justice would be a great help now that justice has become a rich person’s game, Titford book author Mike Butler said today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission was highlig…

‘A Way with Words’ by Chris Maclean

Chris Maclean is a Waikanae-based author with a keen interest in the outdoors, the subject of a number of his books. Born in Wellington in 1952, he graduated from Victoria University with a degree in history. A career as a stained-glass artist in the 197…