Amongst the expanding collection of VUW student publications we have digitised, is a literary journal called Experiment.
Published by the Victoria University College Literary Society, and
running from 1956 to 1969, Experiment aimed to publish original poetry
and prose contributed by Victoria's students and other local writers.
One regular contributor and editor was Renato Amato,
who died suddenly in 1964. Experiment published a lot of Amato's work,
including his short stories and extracts from his novels. His talent for
story telling was recently acknowledged in The Listener.
Other contributors to Experiment have gone on to become established writers, including:
Experiment will no doubt be of interest to readers and researchers of
New Zealand Literature, and making it available in the NZETC allows
researchers the opportunity to easily explore individual writers
progress over time and across different publications.
The Victoria University of Wellington Library has published its collection level statement for the NZETC. The statement provides guidance for collection development and management activities for the NZETC. By publishing the statement, the Library illustrates how the NZETC sits beside its other collections, in supporting learning, teaching, and research.
This year’s issue of literary journal Turbine is now online and can be viewed here.
Published by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and guest-edited by Master’s students Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, M. Doyle Corcoran and Gregory Kan, Turbine 12 includes work by emerging and established writers from New Zealand and beyond.
A highlight of the journal is an excerpt and audio recording from Lamplighter, the enthralling novel by newly announced Adam Foundation Prize 2012 winner Kerry Donovan-Brown, but the literary riches don’t stop there.
A generous selection of new fiction and poetry offers grit, surprise and delight. Seed-clouds ripple inside the blood, music falls from back pockets, and a heart turns to mud. Stories about children provoke second thoughts on procreation, and times spent on the Jersey shore or the jellyfish-rich waters off Japan might provide readers with an early summer vacation. Back in the nonfictional world, Ashleigh Young attends a conference on boredom.
The issue also features an interview with prize-winning Young Adult writer Bernard Beckett, this year’s Victoria University Writer in Residence, where he provides an inside scoop on his upcoming work. Another highlight is the long, poignant sequence of poems from former poet laureate Michele Leggott, who tells us ‘there is language for everything but the cost is unspeakable’. And there’s a German translation of James Brown’s poem, ‘I come from Palmerston North’— an unexpected by-product of New Zealand’s closer literary relations with Germany in 2012, the result of our guest-of-honour status at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The ‘Reading Room’ offers insight into the rigours of the IIML’s Master of Arts in Creative Writing via excerpts from student reading journals—one writer likes to procrastinate by reading about Mt Everest; another notes the implausible good looks of a visiting poet. Twenty of this year’s IIML Master’s students have work on display, along with a scattering of graduates and a handful of rising stars from the United States and Australia.
Senior Lecturer Chris Price says, “Turbine has frequently introduced exciting new writers who have gone on to publish acclaimed books and I’m sure this year is no exception. We’ll be hearing a lot more from many of these writers in years to come.”
We have recently started to add texts for one of our larger projects: the digitisation of The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout. We have already added a couple of hundred pamphlets and there are plenty more to come.
Sir Robert Stout
The pamphlets range between 1840 and 1920. The subjects they cover are surprisingly diverse. Here is just a small sample that recently caught our attention:
Victoria University of Wellington
Library is seeking a new Associate Director - Library Technology
Services. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing,
developing and administering all library-based technology services
and activities. The Associate Director would also be a member of the
Library Leadership Team and actively contribute to the strategic
direction of the Library. For more information please see the full
job advertisement here:
The closing date for applications is
the 5th of November 2012.
Victoria University of Wellington Library is happy to announce that the NZETC website has been rebranded. The change of name reflects the change from a centre to a collection now maintained by the Library. The redesign intends to make the NZETC more identifiable as part of the Victoria University of Wellington. We have also endeavoured to make it easier to connect with the NZETC and to share our content.
Users will also notice that the Authors, Projects, and Works pages have been redirected to our Solr search page. It is still possible to visit a Project, Author, or Work page by clicking on the small arrow in the left-hand sidebar next to the name you wish to view. This change has resulted in a faster and more stable website.
Recently Radio New Zealand featured a reading of a NZETC text The Conquest of Mount Cook and Other Climbs by Freda Du Faur. If you missed the programme and would like to listen to it you can do so on the Radio New Zealand Website.
Freda Du Faur was the first women to successfully climb Mt. Cook in 1910. She also climbed several other peaks of over 3000 metres in the Southern Alps. Du Faur was known for her strong determination, high level of fitness and climbing skill. She also experienced criticism for being an unmarried women climbing with men. While Du Faur was born in Australia and lived most of her life there she is celebrated for her climbing feats here in New Zealand. Du Faur Peak in the South Island is also named after her.
Du Faur's 1915 account of her time mountaineering in the Southern Alps
can be accessed in full here.