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Meditations on swimming – writer takes the plunge
In her new book Creative Writing Associate Professor Ingrid Horrocks explores her love of swimming as the launchpad for meditations on family...
Taking proverbial wisdom to the streets
Short, pithy proverbs have provided a minefield for scholarly research as well as opportunities to connect with the community for Associate Professor...
Pandemic novel wins top prize for Massey writing lecturer
Dr Laura Jean McKay's novel about a viral pandemic has just taken out Australia's most valuable literary prize.
Academic conference on humour - it’s no joke!
The economics of the comedy industry, humour in lockdown, and understanding what kind of jokes are OK at work are all topics under serious...
Book explores online harassment as a deadly ‘game’
The idea that online communities involved in harassment function as a form of Alternate Reality Game (ARG) dedicated to ruining the lives of those...
NZ’s top French language scholars rendez-vous at Massey
Teaching French online during lockdown, literary translation, and forging closer ties to secondary schools were among hot topics at the annual French...
Local ties to nature revealed in ecopoetry PhD
Horowhenua-based farmer, poet Janet Newman explored local versions of the global ecopoetry trend for her PhD, and discovered that New Zealand writers...
Opinion: Do NZers only care about terrorism if it happens to us?
Islamist inspired terrorism has reared its head again in Europe with the brutal slaying of a school teacher in Paris. But there has been barely a...

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