Saturday Morning for Saturday 24 December 2016
Steve Tew outlines a year of culture change in New Zealand rugby; American science writer Dava Sobel discusses how mid-nineteeth century women contributed to the burgeoning field of astronomy; Hera Lindsay Bird recites a new work while Greg O'Brien gives us a taste of his favourite poets of the year; Graham Reid reviews a big year in music, and Mark Cubey, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch provide a rundown of their favourite books from 2016.
Steve Tew is the CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union. He graduated from university with a Masters in Recreation and Administration, and has been a member of the NZRU since 2001. He has also served as the chief executive of the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders. He discusses a year of culture change in New Zealand rugby.
American science writer Dava Sobel is the author of several books, including Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos. Her new book, The Glass Universe: the Hiiden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars tells the story of a group of mid-nineteenth century women at the Harvard College Observatory and their contribution to the burgeoning field of astronomy.
Hera Lindsay Bird
Poet Hera Lindsay Bird has a MA in poetry from Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the 2011 Adam Prize. Her work has been published by The Toast, The Hairpin, Sport, Hue & Cry, The Spinoff, The New Zealand Listener and Best New Zealand Poems. She is currently living in Wellington.
Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books. His latest (with Nick Bevin) is Futuna: Life of a Building (VUP). He talks with Kim about the year in poetry - introducing several of his favourites, including Paekakariki poet Rob Hack.
Graham Reid is an award-winning, former feature writer at the New Zealand Herald and a longtime music writer and critic. He currently lectures in the School of Music at the University of Auckland. He also contributes to a number of New Zealand and international magazines and websites, was the content advisor for the current Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and hosts his own website.
11:05 Mark Cubey, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch
Mark Cubey, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch talk about the year's best books.
Laura Kroetsch is the director of the Adelaide Writers Festival (4-9 March 2017). Kate De Goldi is the author of many books, and co-edited the children’s compendium, Annual (Gecko Press). She will be a guest at the Adelaide Festival in 2017. Mark Cubey is the director of Wellington Writers Festival (7-11 March 2018) during the New Zealand Festival.
This Saturday's team:
Producers: Christine Cessford & Dita De Boni
Research by Infofind