Where is New Zealand again?

Doing the Billie’s Kiss PR, Elizabeth Knox pauses and reflects on the exotic settings for her books with a wry comment on her cultural identity: “I know I’m a New Zealand writer, but I’m not writing about New Zealand, and that in itself is very New Zealand. We just have this culture that tells you who you are before you’ve grown into yourself, and that’s kind of repulsive for artists. So some of us run away, physically or mentally.” Place that on the New Zealand literary map.


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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…