Guest details for 24 May 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent: Luke Harding

Luke Harding is bureau chief in Moscow for The Guardian.

8:30 Stuart Dryburgh

Stuart Dryburgh worked as a gaffer on a number of key New Zealand films (including Smash Palace, Goodbye Pork Pie and Vigil), and as cinematographer for An Angel at My Table, Once Were Warriors, In My Father's Den, and The Piano. Since the mid-1990s he has worked as cinematographer or director of photography on many Hollywood productions (recent films The Painted Veil and Nim's Island are both currently screening in New Zealand). He was one of 17 world-class cinematographers recruited by director Martin Scorsese for his Rolling Stones concert movie, Shine a Light. The film receives a limited release season from 29 May on New Zealand's biggest screens in Auckland (Imax), Wellington (Embassy) and Christchurch (Cinemaxx Riccarton).

9:05 Max Gimblett

Max Gimblett is one of New Zealand's most internationally prominent and successful artists, living and working on the Bowery in New York for over 30 years. A practicing Buddhist and Jungian, he has returned to New Zealand to discuss a 2009 exhibition in Nelson, launch the exhibition Everlastingness at Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington on 27 May (to 21 June), and make an announcement with the Auckland Art Gallery. He has just been named as the first New Zealander to have work featured at New York's Guggenheim Museum. American Art and the East, a masterpiece show featuring works by canonical figures of the 20th century and leading younger artists working today, will open in January 2009 as a centerpiece of the museum's fiftieth anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright building, and travel to the US West Coast, Asia, and Europe through 2010.

9:40 Jan McLeod and Graham Jackson

Jan McLeod and Graham Jackson live in the Mianyang area of the Sichuan province of China, which was severely affected by the country's worst natural disaster in 30 years. The earthquake destroyed the town of Beichuan, which is the only autonomous Qiang county in China, with a local government made up of minority peoples. Graham and Jan are working with the New Zealand China Friendship Society to help with the relief effort for survivors of the earthquake.

10:05 Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips is a graduate of the New Zealand Drama School, and was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Melbourne Theatre Company in 1999. He is the director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; The Musical, which opens at Auckland's Civic Theatre on 25 May and runs to 29 June.

10:35 Jason Blume

Songs written by Jason Blume feature on albums that have sold more than 50,000,000 copies, and he is the author of three best-selling songwriting books. Jason is presenting two-day songwriting workshops at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) in Auckland (24-25 May) and Christchurch (31 May-1 June). To register, contact Gini Parslow at

11:05 Roi Colbert

Roi Colbert is a Dunedin writer who has written about music for many years. He will discuss American Idol and the Eurovision Song Contest.

11:25 Tina Matthews

Tina Matthews was born in Wellington, and has worked as a puppet maker, bass player, teacher, artist and designer. She lives with her family in Sydney, where she writes and illustrates books for children. Her 2007 picture book, Out of the Egg (Walker Books, ISBN: 9781921150357), won the Best First Book award at the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

11:45 Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi will discuss three new books:

Waiting for Mummy, by Tae-Jun Lee and Dong-Sung Kim (WilkinsFarago/Addenda, ISBN: 0-9585571-4-4)

Requiem for a Beast; a Work of Image, Word and Music, by Matt Ottley (Lothian, ISBN: 978-0-7344-0796-2)

What Faust Saw, by Matt Ottley (Hodder ISBN 0-7336-0163-4)

Music played on the programme:

Rolling Stones: Band Introductions
From the 2008 soundtrack album: Shine a Light
(Rolling Stones/Polydor)
Played at around 8:30am

Rolling Stones (featuring Jack White III): Loving Cup
From the 2008 soundtrack album: Shine a Light
(Rolling Stones/Polydor)
Played at around 8:50am

Bob Dylan and the Band: All Along the Watchtower
From the 1974 live album: Before the Flood
Played at around 9:40am

Divas (feat. Sophie Carter) and Company: I Will Survive
From the original cast recording: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical
Played at around 10:25am

Bob Dylan: Simple Twist of Fate
From the 1974 album: Blood on the Tracks
Played at around 11:45am