I read a while back that a proportion of the photos being taken these days don’t even get looked at afterwards. The advent of the cellphone camera hasn’t just killed the ‘pocket snappy’ camera, it’s thrown us into the age of disposable imagery where photographs are taken and then forgotten. It’s kind of ironic, as … More Why ‘free’ stuff destroys our sense of worth – a lesson from photography
A few weeks back I was interviewed by Terry Toner of Radio Southland. We had a great chat, his Book Show aired on 12 April – and here, for your listening pleasure, is the podcast. I’m introduced in the opening, and my interview starts at 7:22, where I cover off everything from my interests in … More My interview with Radio Southland – enjoy
The New Zealand Booksellers’ Association have reviewed my latest book on their blog. Here’s the review, which I’ve re-posted with permission from them.
This week’s totally obscure English word is mure. It is a Middle English word derived from old French and means to confine in prison. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017
Today, 25 April, is New Zealand’s memorial day – Anzac Day. It’s the day when we remember all our war dead, more than half of whom died in just one campaign, the Western Front. Here is a short extract from my new book, The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front, pondering the … More Lest we forget: Gallipoli, the Western Front and war memory
The thing about book launches is that they don’t happen very often – not for me. I had my first one yesterday in about 15 years. It all went off very well. The people who turned up were a great bunch, nice to talk to, and everything went very well indeed. It was a wonderful … More Launching my latest book
A few years ago, when I was staying with relatives in the Netherlands, we decided to spend a few days in Paris – three countries and many hundreds of kilometres away. There were all sorts of ways of doing it, including by driving. Or we could have spent a lot of time driving to Schiphol, … More Why trains are sometimes faster than air travel