Teen has a way with words

Eric McKee has written his first novel at age 15.

A Palmerston North boy has taken a 100 word homework assignment and turned it into a novel, with plans for a trilogy.

Painter of presidents, royalty, dies

Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks stands next to his portrait of Pope John Paul II.

Nelson Shanks, a painter renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to a pope to royalty, has died.

One-man sound machine

Beat Boxer Tom  Thum is a one man sound machine.

As a hyperactive teenager Tom Thum started putting his restless energy into beat boxing.

Eels take over bus interchange video

School girls react to performance artist Alex Rigg, of Eel Mother, who performed in the bus interchange on Friday morning as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch's new bus interchange filled with movement, sound and mischief as part of art festival.

Behind the Little Yellow Digger

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Betty Gilderdale, author of the Little Yellow Digger children's books, with her son Peter, who have collaborated with curator Warwick Brown to produce an exhibition of Betty's late husband Alan Gilderdale's work at NorthArt, Auckland, from August 30.

A new show will reveal the secret works of the Little Yellow Digger illustrator Alan Gilderdale.

Singing suffragettes salute Sheppard

The cast of rock musical That Bloody Woman rehearse ahead of the world premiere on Friday night. Phoebe Hurst, left, Kyle Chuen, Ester Stephens, Geoffrey Dolan, Amy Straker and Cameron Douglas star in the show about suffragette Kate Sheppard.

A rock musical opening in Christchurch explores the life of Christchurch suffragette Kate Sheppard.

GP-poet Glenn Colquhoun's curious act of rebellion

Glenn Colquhoun: "Writing poems is only about pens and paper about 20 percent of the time"

Q&A with Glenn Colquhoun, the rural GP and poet

Robots' performances superior to most plays - producer

Rossum's Universal Robots producer Russell Armitage with two supportive non-robot cafe staff, Annie Koelln (left) and Melissa Stevens, at the Grey St Kitchen who have been helping promote the play, which runs at The Meteor until Friday.

Hamilton could lay claim to being New Zealand's most robot-friendly city.

Shakespeare en pointe

Choreographer Liam Scarlett used the dancers personalities as a basis for building their on stage characters. Dancers in the background: Kohei Iwamoto as Puck, MacLean Hopper as Oberon and Tonia Looker as Titania.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is touring its brand new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Power Plant's new flight of fancy gallery video

Jony Easterby's Birdhouse Flock.

Creators of one of last year's NZ Festival highlights return with a bird show for Otari-Wilton's Bush.

A Kiwi-as venue for some Kiwi-as comedy

Mayor of Invercargill Tim Shadbolt and radio host Gary McCormick will be performiong at the Hokowhitu Bowling Club.

Gary McCormick and Tim Shadbolt are heading off on a national tour to tell some yarns.

Redemption songs

Singing a new song, with The White Guitar, Scribe.

Scribe and his family boldly shine light on darkness and tell their family story in The White Guitar.

Welcome to the pleasuredome

Inside the Luminarium, in Taranaki now but heading for Auckland and Christchurch.

A four-year-old's look through the Architects of Air's Exxopolis, a giant inflatable experience heading for Christchurch and Auckland

Waxing lyrical at the library

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National Poetry Day will be marked in Palmerston North with a series of events.

Award-winning book with a local link

Manawatu illustrator Josh Morgan and author Sacha Cotter with their award winning children's book Nga Ki.

Material from his mum's op shop made its way into Josh Morgan's illustrations for an award-winning children's book.

Female voice growing in comic world

Indira Neville wants to see more recognition of the number of women working as comic artists in New Zealand.

New Zealand's female comic community is growing and three artists are helping the profile.

Little beginnings to the big stage

St Joseph's School students practise their self-written play, from left, Kate Wasley, Charlotte Crofts, Porscha Kendrick and Meg Varney.

A group of Feilding students were determined to put on a play and after a year they are getting it on the stage.

My Secret Wellington: Neil Pardington

Neil Pardington with the logo he designed for his sister, Fiona's, art exhibition.

Where do you go to feel inspired?

Te Manawa gets a colourful addition

Artist Ron Te Kawa with his big Te Manawa-commissioned book, Tipuna Kowhai.

Woodville fabric artist Ron Te Kawa's first book is commissioned by Palmerston North's Te Manawa.

State of the Arts

Sol3 Mio will shepherd in Christmas with two festive shows at wineries in Auckland and Christchurch.

The Sunday Star-Times' weekly round-up of arts and entertainment news

Where angels fear to tread

‘‘I don’t consider myself part of any movement but I think art historians usually decide whether you are or not,’’ says Fiona Pardington, posing in front of her work at Wellington’s City Gallery.

The largest ever exhibition of Fiona Pardington’s work is on show in Wellington.

How Leonardo made Mona Lisa smile

Movers prepare to hang Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Recently discovered masterpiece holds clue to portrait's 'disappearing' expression, say researchers.

Raw, real and unapologetic

Australian performer Yana Alana at the Taranaki Festival of Arts.

There is nothing quite like a performer who challenges Kiwis' stoic prudishness. 

Kiwi artist celebrated in doco

Kiwi artist Tom Kreisler is the subject of a new documentary by Shirley Horrocks.

Artist with strong Christchurch roots features in New Zealand International Film Festival documentary.

For the love of art and people

Julie McGowan with one of the families that she helped while in the Philippines.

Julie McGowan was inspired by some tough experiences while in the Philippines for her exhibition, Presence.

Ahmed Zaoui's son calls for peace

Soheib Zaoui, son of Ahmed Zaoui, and wife Sahar Farhat have found peace in New Zealand.

The son of Ahmed Zaoui has found peace in New Zealand.

Warnie's bizarre fantasy painting

Shane Warne's bizarre painting.

In a terrifying insight into the mind of Australia's former King of Spin, Shane Warne's ultimate fantasy has been revealed in a painting.

Making light of music

"It's an experiment into how people might interact with sound and light in the future," says artist and designer Simon Rycroft.

Designer Simon Rycroft is turning sound into light and light into art at the 2015 Lux Light Festival in Wellington.

Leaving home

Playwright and performer Buddug James Jones tours her show Hiraeth.

Welsh playwright Buddug James Jon discovered the meaning of home only by leaving it.

Wisdom from behind the bar

Al Murray, in character as the Pub Landlord.

Al Murray brings his archetype British character, the Pub Landlord, to NZ - but says he's got universal appeal

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