“The Prospero of NZ letters”

“Take a Las Vegas gambling magnate who believes in the usefulness of books, add a distinguished poet and a betting pool of natural talent. What do you get? A literary renaissance that has floored critics in the land of the long white cloud.” Australian Financial Review profiles Bill “the Magus” Manhire, whose prestigious Victoria University creative writing course has spawned talent attracting international attention, the stable includes Emily Perkins, Elizabeth Knox and Catherine Chidley (see LATimes review below) and latest bet Paula Morris.


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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…