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12:16 A Teaspoon of Light with Peter and Cait O'Connor

Professor Peter O'Connor and Cait O'Connor

Professor Peter O'Connor and Cait O'Connor Photo: Supplied

Father and daughter Peter and Cait O'Connor set up the Teaspoon of Light theatre company in Christchurch after the earthquakes, working with young children in the most quake-affected schools. Lynn Freeman speaks with Peter and Cait ahead of a trip to Mexico for similar work.   

12:29 The latest accolade for children’s writer and illustrator

Children's book writer and illustrator Donovan Bixley has just been awarded the 2017 Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation, and $15,000 dollar gift that goes with it.

For 20 years, Bixley has created extraordinary stories and unforgettable characters, including illustrated biographies Faithfully Mozart and Much Ado About Shakespeare, and working with writer Kyle Mewburn on the Dinosaur Rescue series.

12:45 Top of the South Film Festival

Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks Photo: Supplied

Dawn Marron (on right)

Dawn Marron (on right) Photo: Supplied

Sixteen locally-made short films feature in this year's Top of the South Film Festival in Nelson. Lynn Freeman speaks with two film makers whose work is about to premiere there - Doug Brooks (Sons of 71) and writer, dancer and actor Dawn Marron (Bananaruma).

1:10 At The Movies

Happy Death Day, The Mountain Between Us, Frantz.


1:33 Chelsie Preston-Crayford on ambition, drugs and superstardom in Red Speedo

Chelsie Preston Crayford in Red Speedo.

Chelsie Preston Crayford in Red Speedo. Photo: Supplied

Actor Chelsie Preston-Crayford is currently appearing in the play Red Speedo, which is kicking off Auckland Theatre Company's 25th anniversary season.

Ambition, drugs and the taste of superstardom are tearing a family apart in Red Speedo by American writer Lucas Hnath. Chelsie plays the disgraced sports therapist ex-girlfriend of Ray, a champion swimmer who's implicated in a drug scandal.


1:50 Toni Bruce on National Novel Writing Month

Professor Toni Bruce

Professor Toni Bruce Photo: Supplied

November is National Novel Writing Month, where writers sign up to write 50,000 words over the 30 days in November, a goal reached by more than 34, 000 writers internationally last year (though 384,000 signed up).

Professor Toni Bruce has published a novel that she started as part of the challenge in 2015, called Terra Ludus, and this year has signed up for the fifth time.


2:06 The Laugh Track - Ray Badran

Ray Badran

Ray Badran Photo: Supplied

Sydney-based stand-up comedian Ray Badran is behind a new web series called No Experience Necessary, which follows his attempts to make a sitcom on the cheap by moving production to New Zealand.

Badran joins Lynn Freeman on The Laugh Track, with picks from Steven Wright, Mitch Hedberg, Jon Dore, Garry Shandling, The Simpsons and Curb Your Enthusiasm.


2.25 Patrick Evans: Salt Picnic

Patrick Evans. Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw.

Patrick Evans. Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw. Photo: Victoria Birkinshaw

Christchurch author Patrick Evans returns to his muse - writer Janet Frame - for the third in his trilogy about her life.

In Salt Picnic, set in 1956, Evans has fictionalised the few known facts about Janet Frame's time in Spain, creating a protagonist called Iola.

Cynthia Morihan reads from Salt Picnic, and Lynn Freeman speaks with Evans about the novel, published by Victoria University Press.



2:40 Pascal Atiga-Bridger’s flag art

Auckland artist Pascal Atiga-Bridger blends elements of the Union Jack onto flags from pacific Island nations to create new flags that tell a 21st century story. He also manipulates the Union Jack, changing its colours to those of Pacific Island flags. But it's not an act of protest - in fact he feels it still belongs on the New Zealand flag.

Pascal says he started his flag art project to help him understand his own family's Samoan Maori and European heritage and identity.


2.50 My Heels Are Killing Me

Designer Jason Lingard. Photo by Sonia Sly.

Designer Jason Lingard. Photo by Sonia Sly. Photo: RNZ

Fashion is often a signal of a change in the air, reflecting societal norms and values. Sonia Sly meets designer Jason Lingard who says being gay and growing up in a small farming town informed his desire to create gender-neutral garments that embody the concept of inclusivity. Listen to episode Fashion’s inclusive new mood  on RNZ podcast My Heels Are Killing Me.


3:06 Drama at 3 – Part 5 of LifeAfter and Sydney Calm Joe  

In the increasingly complex world of our Sci-fi adventure, 'LifeAfter' Ross Barns has been trying to steal secrets from quirky computer scientist Octavia Roth, who works at the FBI where he is also employed.   But Ross discovered that spying on the FBI is a lot harder than it looks. . .  And his subterfuge leads him to a horrifying discovery and even greater peril.   

Then ‘Sydney Calm Joe’, a monologue written by the New Zealand poet and artist, Gregory O'Brien, adapted for radio and recorded for RNZ by Patrick Smyth, and produced by Michael Peck.


Music played in this show

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Song:  Everyday I Write the Book
Composer: Costello
Album: Punch The Clock
Label: Columbia
Played at: Standing Room Only promo

Artist: Eleni Mandell
Song:  Salt Truck
Composer: Mandell
Album: Miracle of Five
Label: V2
Played at:  12:11

Artist: Bryan Ferry
Song: River of Salt
Composer:  Bryan Ferry
Album: These Foolish Things
Label: Reprise
Played at: 12:31

Artist: Band of Horses
Song:  The Great Salt Lake
Composer: Band of Horses
Album: Everything All The Time
Label: Sub Pop
Played at: 12:57

Artist: Salt-N-Pepa
Song:  A Salt with a Deadly Pepa
Composer: Salt-N-Pepa
Album: A Salt with a Deadly Pepa
Label: Universal
Played at: 1:07

Artist: Beck
Song:  Salt in The Wound
Composer:  Beck
Album: Beck EP
Label: Interscope
Played at: 1:42

Artist: Lizz Wright
Song:  Salt
Composer: Wright
Album: Sat
Label: Verve
Played at: 1.57

Artist: Great North
Song:  Salt
Composer: Donnell  
Album: Halves
Label: B&W
Played at: 2:05

Artist: Peggy Lee
Song:  There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth The Salt In My Tears
Composer:  Fred Fisher
Album: In Love Again
Label: Capitol Records
Played at: 2:35

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Song:  Salt of The Earth
Composer: Jagger, Richards
Album: Beggars Banquet
Label: ABKCO
Played at: 2:58

Artist: Julie London
Song:  I Lost My Salt in Salt Lake City
Composer: John Lange, Leon Rene
Album: Lonely Girl
Label:  Liberty
Played at: 3:04

Artist: Tim Finn
Song:  Salt To The Sea
Composer: Finn
Album: Imaginary Kingdom
Label: Capitol
Played at: 4:56