Saturday, October 31, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
The Illustrators for Gianni Rodari exhibition is now on in Auckland.
From today until Sunday 25 September, drop in between 10.00 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Oratia Books team joined a preview event last night, along with guests from the local Italian and publishing communities.
Brought together to mark the centenary of the birth of the great Italian children's writer Gianni Rodari, the exhibition showcases illustrations from 21 leading artists who have illustrated his books.
|Professor Bruno Ferraro (left) will join a presentation about Rodari on Sunday 18 October|
|A selection of the Rodari books on display from Edizione E/L, Italy|
Congratulations to exhibition curator Nicoletta Benella, and all who have made the exhibition possible.
Tomorrow morning (18 October) at 9.30 a.m., Nicoletta will join Professor Bruno Ferraro in a discussion about Rodari's life and work, and the artists who have accompanied him.
Our thanks to NEWMARKET and the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland for hosting the preview, including some tasty piadine and San Pellegrino soft drinks.For more about this unique exhibition, click on this link. Ci vediamo lì!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The Forgotten Wars: Why the Musket Wars matter today
Ron Crosby couldn’t believe his eyes when the Ministry of Education released its draft curriculum for compulsory teaching of New Zealand history.
Subjects to be covered included initial contacts between Māori and Europeans, and early colonial history — but not the Musket Wars.
In The Forgotten Wars, Crosby sets out to ensure that readers will be able to appreciate just how much of an omission that was.
For, as he describes in the book, these conflicts between 1806 and 1845 were the longest period of continuous warfare in Aotearoa, and laid the basis of relationships between iwi and hapū ever since — not to mention featuring endless cycles of utu and feats of bravery, including the campaigns of Hongi Hika and Te Rauparaha.
Muskets, potatoes and other introductions fundamentally altered the balance of power in 19th-century Aotearoa, leading to inter-iwi conflicts that claimed tens of thousands of lives (killing, wounding or displacing up to half of the Māori population).
Drawing on his seminal The Musket Wars, this concise work breaks the wars down by region and tribe, with stunningly detailed maps and illustrations that will help to ensure these epochal conflicts are no longer forgotten.
Monday, October 5, 2020
The name Freyberg appears all across New Zealand, in streets, parks, schools, buildings, public spaces, pools and more.
For much of the 20th century Bernard Freyberg was a household name: a swimming champion, an action-hero, military commander and Governor-General —a physically imposing figure known to most Kiwis as ‘Tiny’, following his childhood nickname.
|Freyberg receiving support as he attempts to swim the English Channel|
Now in this new, concise biography, prolific author Matthew Wright reveals the complex man behind the myth for 21st-century readers less familiar with Freyberg — tracking his personal journey from lower middle-class Wellington to his death in London as Lieutenant General The Right Hon. Lord Freyberg.
|Bernard Freyberg with son Paul during the Allied advance in Italy, 1944|
Who was this man, who presented initially as innocent and vague, yet showed a sharp intellect to those who knew him? How much of his action-hero status came from an effort to validate himself?Why was he so ferociously private he did not even have a photographer at his own wedding? Why did he try to keep his 1914 adventures during the Mexico Revolution secret to the point of having his biographies censored?
Freyberg: A Life’s Journey is the most accessible and revealing Freyberg biography yet, with numerous photos.
Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand’s most published historians and writers. His work includes more than 600 articles, papers and reviews, and over 60 books on topics from biography to military and social history. His other Oratia books are The New Zealand Wars (2014) and The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front (2017) (see matthewwright.net).
Thursday, October 1, 2020
An hilarious new tale about following your heart, from the authors of international bestseller I Need a New Bum!, is out now.
Zany rhymes and crazy illustrations have become the staple diet for fans of Thames author Dawn McMillan and Birkenhead illustrator Ross Kinnaird.
Their newest collaboration, Sir Singlet, continues in that funny vein with its colourfully illustrated story of a knight who can’t stand the sloppy underwear he wears under his armour.
Narrated by his nephew, the story celebrates special talents:
Sir Singlet is clever with needle and thread.
See all the cushions he’s made for his bed?
Sir Singlet’s solution to his problem is to design his own line of comfortable, and colourful ‘knightwear’. But before he can launch the product, the king gets in the way by declaring war.
Wearing his new undergarments, Sir Singlet wins the battle, not using hand-to-hand combat — but by scaring his enemies away when he displays his wonderful wearable creations!
The king is so pleased that he … well, you’ll have to read the story to find out how it all ends up.
Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of children’s books who lives north of Thames. Among her many popular works are I Need a New Bum! and Dr Grundy’s Undies. Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator and graphic designer whose books have been published in many countries, often in collaboration with Dawn. He lives near the sea on Auckland’s North Shore.