Arts Foundation Update | Issue 25 — 16.07.12

News from the Arts Foundation and its award recipients from 18 July

The Thrill of Falling - ‘longer' stories by Witi Ihimaera has just been published by Random House New Zealand (Vintage).

I reckon that in this richly imaginative and compelling collection of longer stories, Witi Ihimaera recaptures his mojo...Ranging across an intriguing and innovative variety of styles, subjects and settings, they defy the expected to reaffirm Ihimaera as one of New Zealand's finest technicians and storytellers.  Contemporary social and political issues jostle with humour, lively characters and the joy of a good story. Linking them all is the theme of borrowings and appropriation, and yet being so varied, inventive, moving, stimulating, clever and, as always, beautifully written, the old becomes delightfully new, making this collection a must-read for Witi Ihimaera's many fans. Count me among them, I so enjoyed it.  Graeme Beattie

Professor Bill Manhire retires from academic life at the end of 2012

More than 40 years as an academic is coming to an end in December this year for Bill Manhire. Since 1975, Bill has developed and taught, in various forms, at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters.  His position will be filled by Damian Wilkins.  Read full article on Stuff