Is knitting the new reading?

Christine Dann is a knitter and a reader. She makes the case for keeping these very different activities separate. If anyone reading this can pinpoint the year(s) in which New Zealand public libraries flipped from meeting the general definition of library in the Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science - “Library -- from the … Continue reading Is knitting the new reading?

Our National Library must collect all voices: Bill Direen reviews a collection of new Asian writing in Aotearoa

A CLEAR DAWN: NEW ASIAN VOICES FROM AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND Co-edited by Paula Morris and Alison Wong. FORMAT: Flexibind & Ebook. 352 pp. ISBN: 9781869409470. $49.99 A celebration of emerging New Zealand writers of Asian heritage has appeared, co-edited by Paula Morris and Alison Wong. The collection contains poetry, fiction and essays. Given New Zealand's … Continue reading Our National Library must collect all voices: Bill Direen reviews a collection of new Asian writing in Aotearoa

Great libraries make great writers

Every great writer is a reader from an early age. In this article Christine Dann examines the vital importance of easy access to good libraries for New Zealand’s first two internationally acclaimed authors, and wonders if New Zealand will produce any more now that both easy access and good libraries are under threat. If you … Continue reading Great libraries make great writers

The false promise and real threat of digitising books

Writer Dr Christine Dann explains why real books are better for learning, accessibility, durability, and the environment - and are just better for a damn good read, in a way that a book that has to be manipulated on a screen will never be. The false promise and real threat of digitising books Would you … Continue reading The false promise and real threat of digitising books