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2107, 2017

Auckland, My Auckland

July 21st, 2017|

Researching my next book set in 1955 Auckland, I am rereading my two Auckland novels with characters and content relevant. Firstly The Monstrance set in 1959, and my 2004 take on contemporary Auckland, In Xtremis. It is not easy this rereading, you can see the clunky bits lurid as neon [...]

2205, 2017

McNeish and Me

May 22nd, 2017|

James McNeish and me are bookcase mates. His Tavern in the Town sits in my prime slot next to my The Compleat Cityscapes, among my most referenced Kiwi dictionaries and encyclopaedias. McNeish showed me the writing way. Over half my life ago I returned from six years in Australia and [...]

2105, 2017

Poets to This Person

May 21st, 2017|

Poets have bookended my writing life. Poet Rob Hack told me to keep it short the night before my March book launch on The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser at Unity Books in Wellington. Poets are mostly committed to brief, I am a wordy smith.  Well, I kept the speech [...]

1705, 2017

Murder in the Library

May 17th, 2017|

Murder in the Library is proliferating like poisonous fungi in the woods around Midsomer Norton. Last year I was booked for the Lower Hutt Murder in the Library gig, but took ill. This year I am booked for Paraparaumu Murder in the Library from 6.30pm May 29. I was aware [...]

3103, 2017

Pushing Peter to the Punters

March 31st, 2017|

The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser was launched last night at Unity Books in downtown Wellington. I stepped up in my kilt to the gratifying sight of people wanting signed copies the moment I entered the door of what Canada mate Roger Boshier emailed is ‘one of the last reputable [...]

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