A change is as good as a rest, or so ‘they’ say. And sometimes it’s all you have to work with. So here we are. Maybe you came here from my previous blog/website, maybe from Twitter, maybe from some strange Googling (god knows what your search terms were). Either way, here you are, here I am, I’ll write some words, you can read them if you like. So that’s the online presence change. At the same time, I’m shifting cities (bit exciting, bit bittersweet, bit banal – heading home, after all) and starting a new job. The job’s the really wild … Continue reading A change is as good as a rest
I’ve been so dreadful at maintaining this lately. Life is busy, and it’s winter. Combine those two things with an eternally uncooperative immune system and chronic blah-blah-blah and I’ve been pretty exhausted when I’ve been in a position to write things. Which is a pain, both for my disposable income and my general creative juices. So, an update: In curly health news! I have written a thing for the Crohn’s & Colitis NZ website about my experience living with IBD. I also spoke last week at a meeting of Inner Wheel (a women’s branch of Rotary), along with Brian Poole, the chairman of … Continue reading Shouts from the void…
Booksellers NZ review blog – How Does It Hurt? by Stephanie de Montalk. Here’s my latest review for Booksellers NZ. I felt a very deep connection with elements of this book – a memoir/essay collection/non-fiction wonderland focusing on chronic pain. Stephanie’s own experiences … Continue reading Review: How Does It Hurt?
Briar Lawry reviews The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon on Newstalk ZB with Tim Fookes I’m currently working on a few long-ish form book reviews for a couple of places – and when those are complete, I will link to them … Continue reading Review: The Mime Order
It began in an unassuming fashion. He who I have called Batman here once or twice thought it would be a good idea to go through the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 of All Time list and see what we (read: mostly I) hadn’t seen. And this selection would become a list of films to watch over the coming months. Batman studied theatre and film at university and is a playwright and general writerly person on things theatrical. Let me just clear that up. I have an English degree and my entire adult life has been spent in bookshops. (This is me … Continue reading What I haven’t read. A confessional. Of sorts.
Working on various reviews at the moment (bit overworked and overwrought to pour enough energy into any single title at a time right now) but if you’d like to have a glance at things that I’ve been up to at the moment in The Real World, here links to (and snippets from) my last couple of event write-ups for Unity Books. Omar Musa visited us for his first event outside of Australia. Review and photos by yours truly. We cranked (shop-appropriate) rap tracks and made stupid/hilarious “here comes the dog!” jokes with regard to Tilly’s naughty but loved (or at least tolerated, … Continue reading Unitarianism Update
Here’s a little book related denouement, to follow up the emotionally-fraught time that was last night. Since we all know that books are what I do best. What am I reading at the moment, you may wonder? Well, it’s never as simple as answering with a one-title response. I am in the process of working my way through : Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley by Danyl McLauchlan* Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter The Fault in Our Stars by John Green** The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Vol. 2 by Jacques Tardi Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card*** There … Continue reading on we shall go
acts of book-related waywardness at young ages / a strange humble-brag about essay fudging. Continue reading literary transgressions
Well, it’s the first day in a year that I don’t have to post on here, and yet here I am! You haven’t gotten rid of me yet, internet. I will at some stage compile a bit of a collection of my favourite picks from the 365 pieces project – though if any of you have any particular favourites from them, do let me know! I’m definitely interested to know what readers have to say, rather than just my highfalutin feelings. On the subject of readers, though, that leads me onto my new ‘project’, though less official than my previous … Continue reading 2014 in review. prematurely. sort of.
in which i wax lyrical about all 832 pages of eleanor catton’s booker prize winning novel ‘the luminaries’ Continue reading ‘the luminaries’ by eleanor catton