Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Piranesi is a mind-boggling book, a philosophical work that might just make you question your own reality. It’s quite different from her earlier work Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell but no less… shall we say dreamlike? Piranesi is about a man trapped in a crumbling labyrinth, but then again, maybe it isn’t about that at all. Personally I think it’s about how our minds work, and how we can be persuaded to think things. Congratulations to Susanna!
Separate from, but aligned with, Maori Language Week, Waiata Anthems Week brings you top musicians from Aotearoa playing sublime music and singing in te reo Maōri.
Their mission: “An industry-wide initiative, Waiata Anthems Week will be a celebration of the best new waiata and a chance to honour the champions and pioneers of te reo Māori who paved the way for future generations, supporting the emergence of a truly bilingual musical landscape.”
Yes, way back in Common Era 2000, library staff plus fellow enthusiasts (including LOTR actor John Rhys-Davies) accepted the challenge of reading The Lord of the Rings in its entirety. It took several days, and it was all filmed on good old VHS tapes, which are probably still hanging around somewhere.
Has anyone else come across memorabilia like this while tidying up their house during Lockdown..? (I even still have my invitation to the opening of the “new” Library in 1996!)
Did you know that during lockdown you can access Ancestry from home? So, why don’t you spend some time growing your family tree. Just log into the City Library website with your library number and find the ancestry link at https://citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz/explore/heritage.
This is a special service offered by Ancestry for limited period of time.
I love looking through recipe books and the food magazines. In our library I can not seem to walk past the trolley of food books without stopping to have a ‘quick’ look through. Who doesn’t like food? Sadly with our library closed at the moment I don’t have access to the great book selection on our food shelves. One solution is looking at the great selection of magazines on Pressreader.
Another idea is to dig out my well used recipe books. Check out my Edmonds cookbook. I can proudly say all pages are there and are in order, they just don’t look very pretty anymore. Though it makes it easy to find what recipes are good: they are the dirty pages!
Local writers come together for the “Versions” project. A single prompt and a wide array of versions from that.
As part of the Palmerston North City Library’s focus on Kupu, and aligned with the submissions call for writers and other creatives for the library’s upcoming publication Versions Tuarua, we’re running online sessions with a focus on the writing craft.
Setting: how setting can make your writing rich and immersive. An interactive session with time for questions and answers.
Its lockdown again and we are all experiencing life a little bit differently. Manawatū Heritage is looking for content that you have created showing life as it is in your bubble in 2021. Go to https://manawatuheritage.pncc.govt.nz/ and you can upload your movies, photos, audio, etc, yourself, or send it to the Heritage team with a few details and we can upload it for you firstname.lastname@example.org Come on, lets make history together!