Guest details for Saturday Morning 9 June 2012


8:15 Charlie Skelton

Charlie Skelton is a British journalist, olive farmer, comedy writer, and script editor of the television series 10 O'Clock Live. He has been writing for The Guardian on the secretive Bilderberg organisation.


8:40 Clive Bibby

Clive Bibby is funding director for the Save the Wharf charitable trust in Tolaga Bay. The restored historic wharf, the longest concrete wharf in an open marine environment in the Southern Hemisphere, was reopened this week as part of the Transit of Venus celebrations.


9:05 David Skilling

David Skilling is a former director of think-tank The New Zealand Institute. He now runs Landfall Strategy Group, a Singapore‑based advisory firm that provides advice on strategic issues to governments, and spoke at the Transit of Venus forums.


9:45 Filomena Tuivanualevu

Filomena Tuivanualevu is a Young Women's Officer for the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, working with issues such as law reform, women's rights, and young women's leadership, and is involved with the Pacific Young Women's Leadership Alliance, Oxfam International Youth Partnership, and the Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni. She is currently preparing for Fiji’s upcoming constitutional reform and elections in 2014, and is one of a group of Pacific Parliamentarians meeting in New Zealand for a day-long open hearing on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the Pacific.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Jane and Wyn Davies

Jane Davies has been Chief Executive of Manchester Science Parks since 2000, and chairs the Manchester Innovation Group, the lead body for innovation in the Manchester city region. She was appointed President of the Advisory Council of the International Association of Science Parks in 2009 and received an OBE in 2011 for services to innovation. Her husband, Wyn Davies, has conducted for many international orchestras and opera companies, and has been director of music for New Zealand Opera since 2005. His current production, Rigoletto, plays in Auckland on 9, 13, 15 and 17 June.


11:05 Teju Cole

Writer, street photographer and art historian Teju Cole was raised in Nigeria, and lives in New York. He is the author of the 2007 novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and the 2011 novel, Open City (Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-27943-2), and is currently working on a non-fiction narrative of Lagos, and on a Twitter project called Small Fates. He is visiting New Zealand as a guest of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, and will appear in conversation with Damien Wilkins at Unity Books in Wellington from 12pm on 11 June.


11:45 Uwe Kolbe

Uwe Kolbe was born in East Berlin, and is one of Germany’s best-known contemporary authors, receiving many prizes and awards including the Heinrich Mann Prize from the Academy of the Arts in Berlin in 2012. He is visiting New Zealand with fellow poets Brigitte Oleschinski and Ulrike Almut Sandig, for The Transit of Venus Poetry Exchange. Organised by the Goethe-Institut, the International Institute of Modern Letters, the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the New Zealand Publishers Association, this provides an opportunity for New Zealand and German writers to collaborate within the framework of the Frankfurt Book Fair, at which New Zealand is this year’s guest of honour. Uwe will appear with other poets at two free public events in Wellington: Passages - Readings Around the Transit (6pm, 13 June, Adam Art Gallery), and  Berlin Poetry Night (5pm, 14 June, New Zealand Film Archive).


Music played during the programme

Opossom: Fly
From the 2012 album: Electric Hawaii
(Dark Summer Records)
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with Jane and Wyn Davies

Barbara Cook (Original Broadway Cast): Will He Like Me
From the 1963 album: She Loves Me
Played at around  10:15

Peter Saray with the Vienna Philharmonic:  Totok nejsem ja
From the 1990 album: The Cunning Little Vixen
Played at around 10:30

Elin Manahan-Thomas and Robin Blaze:  Pur Ti Miro
From the 2007 album: Eternal Light
Played at around 10:45

George Hearn and Elizabeth Parrish (Original Broadway Cast): The Best of Times
From the 1983 album: La Cage Aux Folles
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Associate producer: Charlotte Graham
Wellington engineer: Dominic Godfrey
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Gisborne engineers: Colin Pearce, Matt Thompson