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AuthorKurt Barber

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May 7, 2012

SALIENT TALKS TO JOHN JULIAN: AUTHOR OF BLACK TIDE: THE STORY BEHIND THE RENA DISASTER     Kurt: Could you briefly introduce yourself? John: I’ve been writing about various aspects of life at sea for about fifteen years. I’m 55 years old; I was originally at Lloyds at London, which as you may know is still […]

April 30, 2012

Having only a minimal interest in classical music (at best), I was wary of picking up Sarah Quigley’s The Conductor. It’s an historical novel which details the development and eventual performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, a performance hindered by its being produced and performed in Leningrad during the 1941-42 Nazi Siege of Leningrad. This juxtaposition creates a […]

March 26, 2012

When I was first told that the last Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book was going to be a disappointment, I refused to believe it. “Douglas Adams was a genius,” I claimed defensively. No further argument was required in my eyes. But I did end up reading Mostly Harmless, and it was a disappointment. That was […]

March 13, 2012

I have always had a problem with lists that confidently assert that there are “five books to read before you X”. They make life far too easy, implying that there are five incredible books that will turn even the most illiterate bonehead into a discerning scholar of the written word. As you may have noticed, if […]

March 12, 2012

Salient‘s books editor Kurt Barber interviews Paul Thomas about his new book Death On Demand. Salient: You’ve said in previous interviews that you consider Ihaka to be a ‘loner’ figure, one who is separated from society but gets involved in situations that aren’t really his business. These are fairly popular character traits in fiction, so […]

March 6, 2012

Salient’s books editor Kurt Barber speaks to English Literature lecturers Harry Ricketts, Anna Thompson, Tatjana Shaefer, Geoff Miles and Kathryn Walls about collaborative writing and their new book A Made-Up Place: New Zealand in Young Adult Literature. Salient: A Made-Up Place is somewhat atypical in that it is written by five different authors. What was the […]

March 4, 2012

Put two academics in a room together and a squabble of Old Testament proportions is likely to break out. Set five to the task of writing a single groundbreaking textbook, and one would expect the surrounding area to be uninhabitable for the next few hundred years.  Yet English Literature lecturers Harry Ricketts, Anna Thompson, Tatjana […]

July 1, 2011

As renowned for his idiosyncratic voice and eccentricity as he is for his poetry, Sam Hunt is the perfect person to star in a documentary. Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and Other Stories, released on the 26th of May, knows this; directed by Tim Rose and produced by Jim Scott, the film features interviews with Sam, […]

April 11, 2011

Censorship is one of the most controversial issues of the literary world. An ongoing conflict rages between writers and governments, religious organisations, and various media watchdogs who attempt to ban books for their “immoral content”. Books have been challenged almost since their invention. It is known that Plato suggested expurgating Homer’s Odyssey for ‘immature’ readers […]

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