Friday, September 4, 2015

Talking about crime fiction (podcast)

Today the New Zealand Book Council has published a terrific podcast where three of New Zealand's leading lights when it comes to book knowledge and appreciation discuss the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award longlist, and crime writing and the books industry in general.

It's a really great listen, 37 minutes of great discussion and analysis. I know that we're living in a snackable world nowadays, dominated by soundbites, headlines and Tweets - but this is really worth listening to if you're at all interested in crime writing, New Zealand writing, or just book publishing in general.

Graham Beattie is the former head of Penguin Books in New Zealand, and a renowned books blogger and award judge. Stephen Stratford is a books editor and a former judge of the New Zealand Book Awards (our equivalent to the Man Booker Prize, it leans literary fiction). Stephanie Jones works in communications and is the book reviewer for Coast FM radio. All three are great authorities on good storytelling.

You can listen to the podcast here.

I'm happy to answer any questions about the Ngaio Marsh Award, New Zealand crime writing, or the local books world that you may have following the discussion. You can leave a comment here or ask a question on the Award's Facebook page or Twitter account. Cheers!

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