David Mitchell on the Art of Listening

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Reading | No Comments
David Mitchell on the Art of Listening

The first thing that strikes you about David Mitchell is that he is so darn nice. Notwithstanding a three-tiered auditorium packed to the rafters with eager fans and their never ending questions on Mitchell’s formidable writing, and the subsequent book-signing queue that snakes around the corner and up the stairs, the man continues to smile, […]

On Life, Horses and Fly-fishing: An Interview with Buck Brannaman

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Reading, Writing | No Comments
On Life, Horses and Fly-fishing: An Interview with Buck Brannaman

Horses of all shapes and sizes are being led by their owners into the cavernous indoor arena at the Egmont Showgrounds in Hawera, New Zealand. It is day one of the three day horse clinic which Buck Brannaman is holding in the North Island of New Zealand, and which has attracted riders from as far […]

Mao’s Last Dancer – An Audience With Li Cunxin

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Living, Reading | No Comments
Mao’s Last Dancer – An Audience With Li Cunxin

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.” Last week, Li Cunxin –best known for being the real “Mao’s last dancer” – came to New Zealand to talk. Apart from having been one of the world’s best ballet dancers, a best-selling author, choreographer, stockbroker (!) and […]