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This Sunday's Standing Room Only features arts and culture that are short. Frankie McMillan talks about a new anthology of Bonsai super short New Zealand writing, on The Laugh Track Mark Prebble previews this year's Show Me Shorts Festival and we are playing short songs, songs from short albums and a band with the shortest band name - text us 2101 if you can guess who it is.

We're also visiting the Manawatu: talking to photographer Tony Reddrop and to art commentator and artist Fran Dibble about the collection exhibition brought together in the reopened art gallery building at Te Manawa, We get a sneak peak at an exhibition of photographs collected by the late art dealer Peter McLeavey at Adam Art Gallery, we talk about the issue of bullying in ballet with documentary maker Scott Gormley and have At the Movies with Dan Slevin. Nic Lowe talks about his his book on the Southern Alps, and Nancy Schroder on how she gets thousands of children into the theatre. Finally at three, part two of Sonia Sly's Suffrage series, Beyond Kate.




An exhibition coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Wellington's McLeavey Gallery opening, offers us an insight into the late renowned gallerist Peter McLeavey's extensive and significant private collection of photographs. So private that it has come as a surprise to everyone, including his family. The exhibition Still Looking: Peter McLeavey and the Last Photograph has been curated by Deidra Sullivan and Geoffrey Batchen for the Adam Art Gallery and they took Lynn Freeman on a tour on Friday during installation.

Peter established New Zealand's longest running dealer gallery, which continues to champion New Zealand art and artists after Peter's death in 2015. The Alexander Turnbull Library announced recently that it has acquired Peter's extensive archive of documents and letters, which it says charts the development of New Zealand's contemporary art scene during the second half of the 20th century.

At the same time, Peter was an avid, though discerning collector of work by national and international photographers.



Installation image of reopened galleries at Te Manawa

Installation image of reopened galleries at Te Manawa Photo: Provided

Palmerston North's newly renovated art gallery has just reopened, about seven months earlier than expected. Te Manawa houses an outstanding New Zealand art collection and when it closed in June, renovations and repairs were expected to take 10 months. Following widespread public concern about the building and the gallery's future, the Palmerston North Council has reopened it, but with surprisingly little fanfare. There on Thursday night for the big reveal and to look at the first exhibition in the renovated space was Manawatu artist and art commentator Fran Dibble.



A recent survey in the United States revealed that nearly 95% of male ballet dancers faced physical or verbal attacks because they dance. Danseur, a film documenting the toll this takes on the dancers is about to premiere in New Zealand. Lynn talks to Scott Gormley who directed and produced the film and is heading to New Zealand for a screening. The New Zealand School of Dance and NZ Royal Academy of Dance are hoping the film will get dancers and other creatives talking about any obstacles they face pursuing their careers. You can view a trailer here.


1:10 At The Movies

Dan Slevin talks about Christopher Robin, Johnny English Strikes Again, Searching and a Japanese anime about the emotional fragility of early childhood, Mirai.



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He's spent much of his life tramping and climbing the Southern Alps and the past four years also researching their history. now Nic Lowe is writing the story of the formidable mountain range. Nic whakapapa's to Ngai Tahu, and won the $25,000 CLNZ Writers' Award for 2018. For the book he's retracing ten historic mountain journeys. He says the award will allow him to dedicate the next year to finishing the writing process, and vetting his years of research. As well as writing he's an installation artist and arts organiser based in Melbourne. Nic Lowe - Uprising will be published by Text Publishing.


Palmerston North-based photographer Tony Reddrop spent every weekend for a year, in the same spot, asking passersby to pose for a portrait. Now he's about to reveal his Random Portraits, printed to lifesize, for the inaugural Palmerston North Fringe Festival. They reflect Palmerson North's multi-cultural make up as well as the personalities of the people who agreed to pose for the photograph. There are more than 40 images on show at different locations during the Fringe Festival, and they're all being projected in the Central Library window where they'll be five times lifesize. We have a big selection of them for you to look at on the Standing Room Only webpage. Tony Reddrop's exhibiting his Random Portraits as part of Palmerston North's First Fringe Festival starting on Saturday.  



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Mark Prebble talks to Simon Morris about Show Me Shorts. His tracks? Eddie Izzard, Tim Minchin, Bojack Horsemen and the podcast, Conversations with Two Year Olds. 








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A New Zealand gaming company hopes a game it's created to help children learn how to code will boost the number of Maori children signing up at school to study technology. Auckland company Metia Interactive is behind Takaro to equip school children with a skill that may well be an essential one for them in the future.

Seven years ago Metia Interactive released Sparx, an award winning self-help e-therapy tool that teaches young people skills to help them combat depression and anxiety. Maru Nihoniho is the company's founder and managing director and she's a guest speaker at the upcoming Creative Futures 2018 event in Wellington. Victoria University and Miramar Creative Ltd  are bringing together movers and shakers in the creative industries for two days of talks.

Maru set up Metia Interactive back in 2003.



Photographs of CUP book, BONSAI-Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, 30.7.18

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A limit of 300 words in which to tell a story is a tall order but the editors of a collection of ultra short stories had more than enough to choose from for the new anthology Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand.

It encompasses some of our highest profile writers, like past and present poet laureates Bill Manhire, Michelle Leggott and Selina Tusitala Marsh as well as work by novelists and short story writers. There are 200 stories.

Novelist Frankie McMillan is one of three editors who've brought together the anthology - she reads one of the entries by co-editor Michelle Elvy - it's called Antarctica. Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand is published by Canterbury University Press. Frankie McMillan, Michelle Elvy, and James Norcliffe are the editors.



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At a time when it's hard to pry children away from their screens, more than 30,000 a year are going to see professional shows created by Auckland theatre director, actor, dancer and choreographer Nancy Schroder. Beauty and the Beast is the latest but this fairy tale, that dates back to 1740, is getting a makeover. Nancy is the artistic director of the Stage Company as well as being the principal director of The Auckland Academy of Dance. It opens at TAPAC in Auckland on Tuesday.



Rod Alley with photographs of his grandmother Clara Alley

Rod Alley with photographs of his grandmother Clara Alley Photo: Provided

In the second episode of Beyond Kate, Sonia Sly explores politics, Victorian attitudes and looks at why  New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the vote. Plus, Labour MP Kiri Allan shares why women are pivotal in leadership roles, and Roderick Alley shares a story of his grandmother, Clara Alley –a Kiwi suffragist who worked closely with Kate Sheppard, she’s also the mother of New Zealand activist and writer, Rewi Alley. See more online.



Artist:   The Beatles

Song: I Will

Composer: Lennon/Mccartney

Album: The Bealtes

Label: Apple

Played at: 12.12pm


Artist: Napalm Death

Song: You Suffer

Composer: Napalm Death

Album: Scum

Label: Earache

Played at: 12.13pm


Artist: The White Stripes

Song:  Fell in love with a Girl

Composer: Jack White, Matthew Kettle, Meg White

Album: White Blood Cells

Label: XL Recordings

Played at: 12.30pm


Artist: Nick Drake

Song:  Pink Moon

Composer: Nick Drake

Album: Pink Moon

Label: Island Records

Played at: 12.58pm


Artist: Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

Song: Lull 3 A Minor Place

Composer: Will Oldham

Album: The Bairns

Label: EMI

Played at: 1.10pm


Artist: The Chills

Song:  Brave Words

Composer: M.Phillipps

Album: Brave Words

Label: Flying Nun

Played at: 1.35pm


Artist: X

Song: Blue Spark

Composer: John Doe Exene Cervenka Christine Cervenka

Album: Under the Big Black Sun

Label: Elektra

Played at: 1.55pm


Artist: Magnetic Fields

Song: Ukelele Me


Album: 69 Love Songs

Label: Merge records

Played at: 2.10pm



Artist: Eddie Cochrane

Song: Cut Across Shorty

Composer: Wayne Walker Marijohn Wilkin

Album: Eddie Cochrane

Label: Liberty

Played at: 2.36pm


Artist: The Royal Teens

Song: Short Shorts

Composer: Bob Gaudio Joe Sasfy Tom Austin Bill Dalton Bill Crandall

Album: Original Short Shorts & Others

Label: Tru-Gems Records

Played at: 2.58pm


Artist: Proud Scum

Song: Suicide   

Composer: John Atrocity Jonathan Griffiths John Jenkins

Album: AK79

Label: Ripper Records

Played at: 3.06pm


Artist: Guided by Voices

Song:   I am a tree

Composer: D. Gillard

Album: Mag Earwhig

Label: Matador

Played at: 3.57pm