The Questionnaire: Keith Hill

Keith Hill

One of the original founders of Rattle Records in 1991, Keith Hill has continued his love of the arts as a cameraman, director and author.  He set up his own company Attar Media, which embraces all three mediums as a "conduit via which writers, musicians and filmmakers, from every religious and spiritual background, may present work that reflects their deepest concerns.

Grassroots movement's big impact

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World, by Billy Bragg.

Billy Bragg cleverly mixes anecdotes, social history and thorough research to argue for the reinstatement of skiffle - a 50s music craze.

Miss Hoko, champion of the class


Rediscovered: the enduring words celebrated author Roald Dahl wrote to a small Whakatane class and their inspirational teacher.

Maori women's compelling stories

Author Angela Wanhalla

An insightful collection of accounts of Maori women's interactions with colonial institutions.

Eastern promise

Kostova has a fascination with eastern Europe.

US author Elizabeth Kostova's inspiration comes from Eastern Europe

John Safran v everybody

Satirist John Safran has found the humour in Australian racists and would-be Jihadists.

Australian satirist John Safran sees clowns to the left of him and jokers to the right.

Amazon does novel U-turn

Amazon has backed down over its decision to ban advertising for Kapiti author Shona Miller's novel The Trajectory of a ...

Online retail giant has now approved book ad with "provocative" cover art.

Nervous author awaits publics reaction to murder mystery

Cambridge author Nikki Crutchley is due to launch her new murder/mystery on August 27.

Author Nikki Crutchley knows a good mystery is based on murder and intrigue, but its also about expense and marketing.

Fans push fake GoT spoilers

Daenerys Targaryen surveys her land, fake spoilers and all.

Game Of Thrones fans are having the last laugh after fake fun spoilers are being posted after the accidental leak of the show's latest episode.

'Too provocative' for Amazon

Amazon has banned Kapiti author Shona Moller from advertising her book on its website because its imagery is ...

Hint of cleavage too much for web giant, as it refuses ad for Kiwi's book.

Samoa on his body video

Witi Ihimaera says native stories are a part of literature and it's now time to write them down.

There is more to indigenous literature than what's on paper, says an award-winning novelist.

How to avoid Thrones spoilers

Don't you tell me the latest spoilers for my show!

OPINION: There's been another leak of Game of Thrones... so what do you do? Watch it, or hide from spoilers?

Six terrible Stephen King movies

Dreamcatcher featured a young Damian Lewis.

If you thought The Dark Tower sounds like a bad idea...

Poets invited to dance

Spokesperson Paula Morris said the collection represents the diversity of voices in New Zealand.

An online poetry collection matches established poets with emerging poets of their choice.

Ex-girlfriend's Dixon diaries

Simonne Butler's memoir Double-Edged Sword is shortlisted for New Zealand's non-fiction crime writing award.

Memoir written by woman whose hands were hacked by samurai sword wielding Antonie Dixon in running for top NZ prize.

Couple discovers quality tales and produce

Henrietta and Gerhard Egger, authors of the new food and produce book, Source New Zealand.

A new book concentrates on the country's first-class food, people and land through dozens of personal stories.

Snark earns Dunedin author top prize

David Elliot's Snark has won the  Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration at ...

Rich imagery and compelling storytelling combine in David Elliot's award-winning book.

Ex Kiwi cop turns author

Jane Furlong was 17 when she went missing off Karangahape Rd in 1993.

An ex-cop's debut thriller draws on true stories from New Zealand's grim criminal history.

Debut flawed but still impressive

Author gives the enemy both identity and history to try to balance both sides of war, writes Steve Walker.

Attempt to create suspense thriller falls short

Author Christopher Bollen.

David Herkt forgives Christopher Bollen's novel its faults because of its value as entertainment.

Vintage Read: Mary Scott

Novelist Mary Scott lived first at Pirongia, then in the Te Awamutu area.

Browsers bookshop owner Rachel Pope reads a historic novel by a prolific King Country author.

Top Kiwi stories tell dark tales

Kiwis at War: 1916 - Dig For Victory by David Hair.

A NZ Book Awards judge wants to see confronting New Zealand tales read in all high schools.

Bottles, barrels and boozers

Author and former resident Irene Collins investigates one of Rangitikei's forgotten villages.

Author and former resident Irene Collins investigates one of Rangitikei's forgotten villages.

More Twilight, Hunger Games coming?

Katniss Everdeen could be returning - even Jennifer Lawrence looks a little shocked

Vampire romances and dystopian horrors never die, not if their authors are happy for them to be rebooted, reused and regurgitated.

Books make a house a home

Finally the family is in a house with enough space to accommodate our love of books.

They don't hold up the walls, but they hold up our hopes.

Fido, listen to Jane Austen!

Dog whisperer Cesar Millan reckons audible books will help keep Fido calm.

Barking mad or brilliant? Audiobook company wants your dog to listen to classic literature.

Cover model denies robberies

Police mugshot of Instagram model turned fugitive alleged bank robber David Byers.

Romance novel cover model evaded police in several states before being arrested.

New wings for famous poem

An Illustration fro 'The Storm' by Palmerston North illustrator Joanna Kangisher

A Manawatu black sand beach and native New Zealand red-billed gulls feature in a new picture book based around a famous English poem.

Jack the Ripper buried in Brisbane?

Walter Thomas Porriott - one of the men accused of being Jack the Ripper.

Is the grave of one of the UK's most infamous serial killers in Australia? One book looks at the evidence.

The 'time travelling' author

Dame Anne Salmond at the Boathouse Theatre, in Blenheim, for the Marlborough Book Festival.

Dame Anne Salmond imagines the 'Grand Central' Sounds when Captain Cook first arrived.

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