Monday, June 18, 2007

Moonshot is go

We're settling in but Telecom are slow--we're having problems accessing
broadband and they can't send a technician (contractor) around for ages.
We're staying with them because the phone number stays the same rather
than out of any loyalty. But we've unpacked. We've finally arrived. And the news about my book Moonshot looks good--it's been accepted but we still need to work out a few details. I'll write more on this later once we seen if we get a Creative NZ grant. So, fingers crossed

My picture for today. This is what they think the solar system looks
like once you pass the Oort cloud.

Different from those diagrams we saw in school, eh?

Two good NZ poems for today: Bill Manhire's Zoetropes and Allen Curnow's Continuum.

Images from Nasa/JPL

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ansible/New Chan/reads

I subscribed today to the David Langford's legendary fanzine Ansible and learnt that Lloyd Alexander, author of the Chronicles of Prydain (from whence my youngest son Taran gets his name) has died.

And Jill Chan has a new book of poems out Becoming someone who isn't. I'm looking forward to reading this once I've settled into the new house. I've just finished two enjoyable books by local writers Helen Rickerby's Abstract Internal Furniture and Lynn Davidson's Tender and I'm currently devouring Dava Sorbel Galileo's Daughter which is a bit of a page turner. Boxes are everywhere!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Mark on the Radio

Mark Pirie will appear on Lynn Freeman's "Arts on Sunday", this Sunday afternoon to
discuss his new poetry book, the interview will be available on-line too at
the Radio NZ web site ( for those who won't be home to
hear it. They also interviewed his friend Ouyang Yu, the
Chinese poet and translator, who had some interesting things to say about
Mark will read a poem about the Wellington wind.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

This week's playlist

Another strange melange...what's in the i-pod, etc.

1. lost in space. Aimee mann

2. it’s not. Aimee mann

3. back to black. Amy winehouse

4. it’s only the end of the world. Black box recorder

5. child psychology. Black box recorder

6. leaders of the free world. Elbow

7. quiet girl. Fly my pretties

8. radiation vibe. Fountains of wayne

9. floating. Jape

10. fat children. Jarvis

11. from a to i. Jarvis

12. Cassiopeia. Joanna newson

13. the absence of god. Rilo kiley

14. accidental deth. Rilo kiley

15. going to a town. Rufus wainwright

16. sleeping lessons. The shins

17. from Konzert Fűr Cembalo. Goldberg

18. love will tear us apart. Susanna and the magic orchestra

Charles Brown in the April issue of Locus complains about the lack of direction and leadership at the SFWA. So I went and looked at the Locus Award winners and noted how much more comprehensive they seemed than either the Nebulas and the Hugos. Now I want to read Kate Wilhelm's Where late the sweet birds sang...

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tom Fobble's Day

A student teacher visited my study group class last week and I showed him the box of books and magazines I keep for my study group. He kindly gave me a pile of withdrawn books form the Teachers’ College and to my delight I spied Alan Garner’s Tom Fobble’s day, the second small book in his Stone Quartet sequence.

There’s only a week to go before we move into our new house. The garden’s now been seeded and there should be enough space for a trampoline. I’ve gone back to writing after spending far too much time on schoolwork. I finished a review of Tennis with Raw Eggs for the Poetry Society and want to get to work on a couple of new rather tricky off-beat poems. (I’m not sure if they’ll work or not but I’ll find out by getting a bloody move on).

I’ve been flicking through the Collins Dictionary of Astronomy and in Locus magazine I saw an advert for the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction that looks like a great way of whiling away a few rainy hours.