Social issues a major theme for National Poetry Day celebrations

MEDIA RELEASE Climate change and the plight of refugees are the focus of some of the 150+ events in this year’s Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, taking place on Friday August 23. Our annual celebration of writing and reading poetry embraces both the personal and political in a dynamic programme …

WW2 books, true stories and classics among New Zealanders’ favourite reads

MEDIA RELEASE Reading is in good health, with thousands of New Zealanders voting for their favourite books in the Whitcoulls Top 100 Books List.  Announced today (Monday 22 July), the List reveals that classic books, war and true stories are among the nation’s favourite reads. Our interest in WW2 books …

WHALE OIL: One man’s fight to save his reputation, then his life

Truth is stranger than fiction. For Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield, the truth is stranger than strange. In May 2012, Blomfield found himself the target of a vicious online attack; the work of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The attack came out of the blue, destroying Blomfield’s reputation and career, stealing …