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Archive for August, 2014

Research round-up – from ‘Harry’ to the Holocaust, EMS research is diverse and defining

Six English & Media Studies researchers took advantage of the Winter teaching break to present their research at key international conferences from Oslo to Australia last month, on topics ranging from Facebook to forgiveness. Dr Brian McDonnell presented a paper to the New Zealand Studies Association’s “Across the Pacific” conference in Oslo. The theme of […]

Essay key component of Walters Prize shortlisted artwork

A creative essay by School of English & Media Studies senior lecturer Dr Ingrid Horrocks is currently featuring as part of the Walters Prize exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery. The essay forms a key part of Maddie Leach’s collaborative conceptual art project ‘if you find the good oil let us know’, which is a […]

ACE Wellington adds creative flavour

The Wellington ‘creative campus’ ACE (Achieving Career Excellence) women students’ leadership program had a special twist this year by collaborating with Arts on Wednesday to bring creative women entrepreneurs from the arts sector to the speaker line-up. Dame Deirdre Tarrant (Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) kicked the program off with an incredibly frank and […]

Ski trip yields important safety communication data

Staff and students from the School of English & Media Studies enjoyed the stunning view from their ‘office’ yesterday as they undertook fieldwork on Mt Ruapehu. Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley and Bachelor of Communication students Oscar Mein and Eden Cowley helped collect data about people’s behaviour during a lahar warning test run by GNS Science […]

Tina Makereti at PN Library Sept 5

Please plan on joining the School of English & Media Studies for an evening with fiction writer Tina Makereti at the Palmerston North City Library on Friday 5 September. Drinks and nibbles from 6.30.

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Thom Conroy will talk at Te Papa in Wellington

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Thom Conroy will talk at Te Papa in Wellington on his historical novel The Naturalist, early New Zealand history and Ernst Dieffenbach. ***   Join Thom Conroy as he discusses his intriguing novel about a free-spirited German naturalist who came to New Zealand with a controversial 1839 expedition to buy […]

The Kete Series – Manawatu Poetry Book Launch

  Poetry, publishing and a ‘back-to-basics’ approach to doing business come together this Friday night when three Manawatū poets (and their books) shake off their dust-jackets to reveal the colour and creativity that ‘thinking local’ can bring to our community. Award-winning weavers-of-words Tim Upperton, Joy Green and Leonel Alvarado along with HauNui Press, Swampthing Magazine […]


Editorial Welcome to the third edition of NUTS NZ – the Newsletter for University Theatre Studies New Zealand. The purpose of the newsletter is to help us communicate more effectively as a community of scholars interested in Theatre and Performance. A quick ‘save the date’ to note – Dr. James McKinnon has confirmed that Victoria University will be hosting […]

Conroy on the Radio

English and Media Studies Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Thom Conroy talks with Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill about his historical novel The Naturalist (Random House 2014): http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/20145074/thom-conroy-channeling-dieffenbach    

The Naturalist Book Launch

Friday 15th August saw the launch of a Massey University creative writing senior lecturer Thom Conroy’s novel the Naturalist at Palmerston North City Library, with over 150 people in attendance. The book launch featured a reading from Dr Conroy, and introductions from the Head of the School of English and Media Studies Joe Grixti and […]

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