As well as marketing and helping make books, I also read and review them. Here are a few:
- Review of Lecretia’s Choice by Matt Vickers for NZ Listener
- Review of In the Supplementary Garden by Diana Bridge, Fish Stories by Mary Cresswell, and Anatomize by Natasha Dennerstein for Landfall Review Online
- Review of The Virgin and the Whale by Carl Nixon for the BooksellersNZ blog
- Review of The Naturalist by Thom Conroy, Lives We Leave Behind by Maxine Alterio, and The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr for NZ Books Pukapuka Aotearoa
Some of my book reviews are also posted on my Goodreads account.
Aotearoa’s national book awards are back from their break. In 2013, I instituted the Elizabeth Heritage New Zealand National Book Awards Speech Awards, which recognise excellence, elegance and exciting new levels of profanity in the speeches given at the awards ceremony by authors, publishers, judges and associated distinguished persons. The 2014 awards are also available.
Literary festivals are like catnip to me: I get to talk to other readers and publishers; to meet authors I’ve read and discover others I’d like to read; to buy books and get them freshly signed. And having a media pass is even better! In 2016 I reviewed events at the NZ Festival Writers Week, the Auckland Writers Festival and the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
TEACHING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
There is nothing I like better than talking to interested people about books and publishing. I have been invited to be a guest speaker talking to students on the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme many times. In 2016, I was commissioned to give a masterclass in book publicity at the inaugural National Writers Forum.