Intelligent. Robust. Dreaming about a different, better Aotearoa. These are the qualities and ideas that the writers of the 2017 edition of The Journal of Urgent Writing bring to the table. Respect. Pulling together a promotional campaign (events and media) to get the word out about Journal ticked all my boxes. The next result is that Editor Simon Wilson is being interviewed by Andrew Dickens on Newstalk ZB and Jesse Mulligan on Radio NZ. Major book extracts have/will run in the Weekend Herald (Canvas), The Spinoff, Pantograph-Punch and in Fairfax Group newspapers over the summer. Simon also chose his Favourite Books for Your Weekend (Fairfax) and reviews will run in North & South, the NZ Listener, Otago Daily Times and more. There will be events in Auckland (North Shore Libraries Foundation, Takapuna Library) and Wellington (Unity Books).
Our WW1 airmen were the unsung heroes of the Great War. Little has been written about them until now and Dr Adam Claasen’s superb history brings their stories to the page, and to life again. Music to my airs, hearing Jim Mora (standing in for Wallace Chapman) on RNZ Sunday Morning, wax lyrical about our courageous, derring-do aviators. “Thank god for this book,” said Jim. The other stand-out for this book was the full-page book extract I secured in the Weekend Herald. Adam was also interviewed by Ryan Bridge on Radio LiVE and Hibiscus Matters. There will be a major feature in the Manawatu-Standard, when Adam’s book is launched down at Ohakea Airbase on 24 October and widespread coverage in all the aviation publications, including: Air Force News, Classic Wings, Aviation News and KiwiFlyer. I anticipate reviews in North & South, the Listener, Otago Daily Times, Capital Magazine and others. The WW100 website will run a book extract and support via their social media channels.
What a delightful book to promote and great to work with acclaimed natural history writer Janet Hunt again, too. I have been talking to a wide cross-section of media about ‘How To Mend A Kea'; from kids and parenting to wildlife, conservation and general media. I’m delighted with the warm response I’ve received and am happy to report promotional coverage on TV Two’s What Now, THREE’s Sticky TV; interviews on Radio NZ Nine to Noon, Taranaki Daily News and Manawatu-Standard; reviews in Tots to Teens, Forest & Bird magazine, VetScript, The Sapling, The Reader (Booksellers NZ).
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