History of Hairy Maclary

History of Hairy Maclary

The twenty-first title in the Hairy Maclary and Friends series came out in October 2017, and we thought that this made it the perfect time to get Elizabeth Heritage to have a talk to Lynley Dodd, and many of the other people involved in the phenomenon that is Hairy Maclary.

My national radio debut

I was thrilled but also terrified to be invited to speak in the book critic slot on Jesse Mulligan's programme on Radio NZ National. It was my first time speaking live on national radio and, although I was horribly nervous, once I got going I relaxed and started enjoying myself. Here I am speaking about copyright in the digital age - one of my hobby horses. Frankly they're lucky to have shut me up after only a quarter of an hour.

Book review: Home: New Writing edited by Thom Conroy

Book review: Home: New Writing edited by Thom Conroy

Editor Thom Conroy begins this anthology, Home: New Writing, by noting in his introduction that "home" has been in the news a lot lately: "From… news of New Zealanders living in their cars, to the crashing of the Canadian immigration site following the US election".

Book review: Frantumaglia - A Writer's Journey by Elena Ferrante

Book review: Frantumaglia - A Writer's Journey by Elena Ferrante

Ferrante’s new book about writing is a journey through the fragments of experience. 

Two big things happened while I was reading this book: the US elections and the Kaikoura earthquakes. They bashed my reading sideways. Suddenly, everything – even an esoteric ­discussion about the nature of literature, translated from Italian – was about politics and disaster.