‘Half of you will pass’: my old high school’s pre-exam morale booster

I made some lifetime friends when I was at Napier’s Tamatea High School in the late 1970s. I caught up with one of them a week or two back and had a bit of a chat about those days, a time when ‘the word’ was ‘Grease’ and few knew that Becker and Fagan had named … More ‘Half of you will pass’: my old high school’s pre-exam morale booster

A few things about me

Today I thought I’d mention something about the array of things that interest me. To me, everything I get interested in is part of an exploration of what is amazing and wonderful about the world around us. My interests include everything from trying to understand the human condition, through to physics, music, history – including … More A few things about me

I’m not Matthew Wright from the University of Exeter

I recently fielded a query from a group of US students congratulating me on my work in classical literature and requesting an interview in which they proposed to ask me about aspects of Greek tragedy. I had to decline. I write on many subjects, but classical-era Greek literature is not among them. The problem was … More I’m not Matthew Wright from the University of Exeter

OK, holiday over – here’s what’s ahead for 2016

The holidays are over. 2016 awaits, and here’s what’s coming this year in Matthew Wright land. I’ve got a lot planned for this blog – the usual science posts, weekly writing contest, my regular weekend writing posts and more. This year is also filled with writing projects and some exciting publishing developments – starting with the full print-and-ebook launch … More OK, holiday over – here’s what’s ahead for 2016

Collisions of coal: an author’s perspective

My biography of coal in New Zealand was published this month by David Bateman Ltd. It’s a book taking as its subject a ‘thing’, but in reality telling the human side of that ‘thing’ in all its dimensionality. Review comments so far have been excellent – ‘this definitive work by Matthew Wright has certainly set a new benchmark‘ and … More Collisions of coal: an author’s perspective