Friday, 30 January 2015

New Zealand Cemeteries Heritage Week

Ancestry.com have just added the New Zealand Cemetery Records, 1800-2007, to their website and to mark the occasion next week is New Zealand Cemeteries Heritage Week at Auckland Libraries.  The week involves a series of talks, seminars and ‘How-Tos’  by speakers from such places as the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the Royal New Zealand Naval Museum, Ancestry.com and Auckland Libraries. All the talks will take place at the Whare Wānanga on the second floor of the Central Library. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Frank Sargeson's House

Take a walk through Aotearoa New Zealand’s literary history in Takapuna this summer.

Did you know that it is possible to take a free guided tour through Frank Sargeson’s house? If you are interested please contact the North Auckland Research Centre at Takapuna Library and from there you can make an appointment to view the house. This is a wonderful opportunity to transport yourself back in time and imagine the gatherings, the discussions, literary and otherwise, that have taken place within the walls of 14 Esmonde Street, Takapuna, down the years.

Ref: Andrew Henry, Sign at Frank Sargeson's house, 20 January 2015.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Eden Park

The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines tournament takes place this weekend at that most hallowed of sports grounds, Eden Park. (Go the Warriors, just quietly!) Last year was the inaugural tournament and in the lead-up, I took a nostalgic look back, via our family history blog Kintalk, at the old league ground, Carlaw Park. Now, we're skipping across town to the tournie venue itself - the stadium where that girl-and-boy-crush Richie McCaw held the Webb Ellis trophy aloft at the Rugby World Cup Final in 2011 - Eden Park. 

The park began as a cricket ground in 1903, and was due to the vision of one Harry Ryan, a cricket enthusiast who approached landowner John Walters to lease part of his land as a sports field.  In the book  Eden Park: A History, the authors write, "Certainly the rough paddock strewn with stones, studded with outcrops of rock and streaked with cowpats, falling away to a boggy trough that filled in a downpour and remained flooded throughout the winter, looked better suited to frog-hunting or duck-shooting than cricket, let alone rugby. Ryan knew or at least imagined better." That bit of land was in fact located just up the road from Cabbage Tree Swamp, now Gribblehirst Park.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sarah Maxey talk - poetry in graphic design

In connection with the current Sir George Grey Special Collections exhibition -- For the love of books -- graphic artist and publisher Sarah Maxey will be giving an illustrated talk on Friday 30 January at 1pm, at the Central City Library, Auckland. 

Following the talk, there will be a chance to view and explore artists' books, hosted by exhibition curator Georgia Prince.

Ref: Sarah Maxey typography.
Sarah Maxey's work has graced publications worldwide, including the New York Times and many literary books. She has won numerous awards, most recently the 2011 Purple Pin, the highest graphic design accolade in New Zealand and a Certificate of Excellence from the International Society of Typographers.


Ref: One of the postcards in Sentimental Journey,
a project involving Sarah Maxey, Kris Sowersby and Kate Camp.
One of the projects Sarah will focus on in her talk is Sentimental Journey, a collaboration between a poet (Kate Camp), a book designer (Sarah Maxey) and a typeface designer (Kris Sowersby) based on the Surrealist game The Exquisite Corpse, using expressive typography.

Below are some examples of Sarah Maxey's book cover designs showing some of her hand-drawn typefaces and illustrations. 


Ref: C K Stead, Dog poems, Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2002.
Book cover design: Sarah Maxey.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Auckland Anniversary Weekend

This coming weekend, January 24th-26th, marks the observation of Auckland Anniversary. This year ASB and Auckland Council are presenting weekend packed with events to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Auckland. The main events will be held on Queen’s Wharf and at Shed 10 and include a multimedia exhibition that promises to give a glimpse into the area’s past.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Traffic jams

Continuing on in a similar vein as our previous summer holiday themed posts, we thought we would focus on another common experience from the New Zealand summer holidays: traffic jams.

Hopefully you've managed to avoid them over the past few weeks, but if not this selection of images will help add some levity to your memory if you did encounter one.

As these photographs show, traffic jams over the summer holidays are not just a recently occurring phenomenon.


Saturday, 10 January 2015

‘For the love of books’ – online exhibition & illustrated talk

If you’re in Auckland over the summer do remember to drop by the Central Library have a look at the beautiful books on display in the ‘For the love of books’ exhibition.
The exhibition runs until the 22nd of February and is located on the 2nd floor of the building in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.

Ref: Janie Airey from designerbookbinders, Eleanor Catton's specially bound copy of 'The luminaries' is decorated with goatskin and gold leaf. 

We wrote about this exhibition previously, it showcases contemporary fine press and artists books. It even includes Eleanor Catton’s specially bound Booker Prize edition of The Luminaries, which garnered media attention and has proven very popular with visitors.

Supporting the exhibition is a public event on Friday the 30th of January at 1pm called "The exhibition unfolded." There will be a talk by Sarah Maxey on poetic thinking in graphic design followed by a chance to view and explore artists' books hosted by exhibition curator Georgia Prince. It is in the Whare Wānanga on the 2nd floor of the Central Library building, so do please come along if you are in town.


If you can’t make the trip in person do have a look at the complementary online exhibition which gives a fine audio-visual overview of some of the books on display.

For other events and information relating to book arts or ‘the book’ in the broadest sense of the term do check out the website of The Centre of The Book at Otago University. 

Author: Andrew Henry

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Old Fashioned Games

Today’s post was inspired by one of the events in ‘Dare to Explore’, Auckland Libraries’ summer reading adventure that this blogger took part in earlier this morning.
Dare to Explore runs over December and January and encourages participants to read every day over the holidays to try and avoid the “summer slide” whilst completing some fun challenges along the way.
This morning’s event was called ‘Old Fashioned Games’, and it was an opportunity to show some local children games that were played before PC and console gaming became dominant leisure pursuits.